The Philippines has recorded the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific area over the previous six years, with a 140-per cent enhance in new infections, the well being ministry and the United Nations have revealed.
The figures launched at present (Tuesday, August 1), present that on the finish of 2016, there have been 10,500 Filipinos contaminated with HIV up from four,300 in 2010, Health Minister Paulyn Ubial informed a information convention.
Ubial inspired voluntary HIV-testing and use of condoms to assist combat the issue, which in May 2017 alone noticed 1,098 new instances of HIV infections in the nation, the best variety of instances ever seen in a single month.
Eamonn Murphy, regional director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS mentioned the nation may overcome this menace by 2030 if the federal government centered its efforts on the individuals and places most in danger.
Genesis Samonte, head of the well being ministry’s public well being surveillance division, mentioned males who’ve [email protected] with males have been most in danger. “We’re not talking about those that are openly gay,” he mentioned. “Any male who has [email protected] with another male, for whatever reason, is at risk.”
Dr Rossana Ditangco, head of the AIDS Research Group of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, mentioned it was time the federal government pursued an aggressive “treat all” marketing campaign.
“I don’t have high hopes anymore. We can’t control the rapid rise of HIV infection,” she mentioned. “It is time the government has to treat HIV as a national emergency.”
Two out of three new HIV infections are discovered amongst males aged from 15 to 24, who’ve been discovered to have little consciousness of HIV, its signs and remedy.
Most of the boys had their first [email protected] encounter at 16 years outdated and a median solely get examined for HIV eight years later.