Philippines’ President Makes Anti-Condom Remarks Amid Country’s Growing HIV Epidemic
NPR: Philippines’ Duterte Mocks Condom Use Amid Skyrocketing HIV Rates
“The number of new HIV cases reported in the Philippines has surged over the last few years, according the country’s health agency. … The country had the fastest-growing HIV epidemic in the Asia-Pacific region, according to UNAIDS last year. At a time like this, the country’s leader could encourage safer sex, to prevent further sexually transmitted infections. Or he could do what Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte did last week — and urge his citizens to forgo condoms during intercourse because ‘they don’t feel good’…” (Wamsley, 2/20).