Department of Health Calls Conference to Halt Advance of HIV/AIDS in Republic of the Philippines
April 7, 2010
On Monday in Manila, the Philippine National AIDS Council will host a summit of community leaders to discuss how best to stop the nation's growing HIV epidemic. The one-day meeting "will serve as a venue to strengthen collaboration among key players in the national response [to the epidemic] and engage others in the realization of a harmonized, collaborative, and scaled-up initiative to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS," said the Department of Health (DOH).
Last year, DOH registered two new HIV cases per day, up from one case per day in 2007 and one every three days in 2000. So far this year, DOH is registering about five new cases each day, which "only represents the tip of the iceberg," DOH reported. "For February alone, a total of 130 HIV cases were registered, an increase of 117 percent compared to the same period last year," DOH said.
Of the 4,697 HIV cases reported over 26 years, 74 percent were males, including 23 percent ages 25-29, 20 percent ages 30-34, and 16 percent ages 35-39. Of all cases, 90 percent were transmitted through sex.
Philippine Daily Inquirer (Makati City)
04.07.2010; Jerry E. Esplanada