Friday, October 25, 2013

Philippines HIV AIDS law

In 1998 the AIDS Prevention and Control Act (the AIDS Law) or Republic Act 8504 was passed and, over the years, became a model of legislation for other countries. HIV cases in the country were then a trickle of numbers recorded in the HIV Registry, the government’s official data handled by the Department of Health – one new infection every 7 days, mostly female sex workers and male overseas contract workers.

Fifteen years hence, the epidemic has taken a different profile. The July 2013 HIV registry listed 449 new cases, 90% consisting of males who have sex with males (MSM). Populations of injecting drug users contribute a huge spike of infections. The DOH now reports a staggering one Filipino newly infected every hour.

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