HIV crisis worsening in PH

The increasing number of new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the country has reached levels never before seen in the past. From 2007 to 2011, there has been a 587% increase in such cases, Dr Genesis Samonte, chief of the HIV Surveillance Unit of the National Epidemiology Center, said Thursday, May 24. “This is simply unacceptable. The DOH (Department of Health) has not seen an epidemic rise this quickly,” she added. If in 2000, there was one new case of HIV every 3 days, now there is a new case every 2 hours. Legislators are calling for an amendment of RA 8504 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act to better address this rapidly worsening crisis.

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