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Philippines' Health Secretary Seeks to Boost Condom Distribution After Increase in HIV Diagnoses

March 4, 2010

The Philippines' Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral on Thursday announced she would seek additional public funds to support the distribution of condoms among high-risk groups, after the country recorded 143 new cases of HIV in January -- its highest number of diagnoses in an individual month on record, Reuters reports. "Since the start of 2009, Cabral said, an average of about 60 Filipinos had been diagnosed as HIV-positive each month. But that figure rose sharply to 126 cases in December," the news service writes (Mogato, 3/4). Cabral's statements came one day after the country's Catholic bishops appealed for a ban on condom advertisements, Agence France-Presse reports (3/3).

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