Human Rights Watch, UNAIDS Urge Philippines To Address Increase In HIV Incidence, Fastest Growing Epidemic In Region

Philippine Star: ‘National emergency’: Philippines urged to address HIV epidemic
“Human Rights Watch has called on the Philippine government to implement low-cost interventions after a 2017 UNAIDS report found that the country has the fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia-Pacific…” (Matsuzawa, 8/2).

Philippine Star: Report: Philippines has fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia Pacific
“…The UNAIDS report showed a 140 percent increase in the number of new infections in the Philippines for the past six years from an estimated 4,300 in 2010 to around 10,500 in 2016. The Philippines has become one of the eight countries accounting for more than 90 percent of new HIV infections in Asia and the Pacific…” (Viray, 8/1).

Reuters: Philippines has highest HIV infection growth rate in Asia-Pacific: U.N.
“…The country can still end the public health threat by 2030 if the government can re-direct its focus on the people and locations most at risk, said Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS regional support team director for Asia-Pacific. He said 83 percent of new HIV cases occurred among males who have sex with males and transgender women who have sex with males…” (Mogato, 8/1).

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