March 4, 2011
UNICEF's 2011 State of the World's Children report said HIV cases are increasing in the Philippines, among other findings. Among Filipinos ages 15-24, new cases rose more than 10-fold from 41 in 2007 to 489 last year, and new cases rose nearly five-fold for all age groups, from 342 in 2007 to 1,591 last year. "Certainly, we are concerned about HIV because it affects a segment of our population," said Edwin Lacierda, a spokesperson for President Benigno Aquino III. The Department of Health has a plan to fight the upsurge, he said.