UN: Philippines falling behind in AIDS fight
PHILIPPINES: The UN Development Programme on Thursday said the
Philippines has not done enough to curb the rise of HIV infections in
this largely conservative Roman Catholic nation of 90 million people.
Citing official government records, UNDP country director Renaud
Meyer said that about 89 percent of reported HIV transmissions were due
to unprotected sex. "All the main ingredients for an epidemic are
present in the country," Meyer told a conference on HIV.
Official government records show that there were 85 new HIV cases for
the month of May which is a 143 percent increase on the number of cases
posted in the same period last year.
From January to May, there were 322 infections with one leading to
full blown AIDS and one death, the National Epidemiology Centre said.
Most of those who contracted HIV were males in their 20s who had same
sex relationships and mostly from highly urbanised areas around Manila.
He said the government appears likely to fall short of achieving a UN
Millennium Development Goal of halting and reversing the spread of HIV
Manila, Thursday, AFP