DOH denies Philippines has new HIV strain

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'That is fake news. 'Wag po sana tayo maging simula ng mga ganoong balita kasi 'di naman po ito batay sa ebidensya,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to scientists who warned of a new HIV subtype

REFUTING REPORTS. DOH chief Francisco Duque III says they have not been informed by the WHO of the alleged new HIV AE subtype in the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New, aggressive HIV strain can worsen epidemic in PH – scientist

Mar 12, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Dr Edsel Salvana, director of the UP Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, says the HIV AE subtype is more resistant to antiretroviral drugs

After Duterte’s remarks, PopCom reminds public condoms prevent HIV

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Commission on Population chief Juan Antonio Perez III says condoms are 'the preferred method' to prevent sexually transmitted diseases

Want free condoms? SafeSpacesPH app tells you where you can get it

Dec 30, 2017 - 3:57 PM

SafeSpacesPH is a mobile application where establishments that dispense condoms with water-based lubricants can be located

An actual interface of the Safe Spaces App showing the location of Depots and its details. Photo from LoveYourself

'We will win this': Advocates call to end HIV, AIDS stigma

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:09 AM

Advocates and those living with the virus brings to Twitter their stories in a bid to end discrimination in the country

Netizens hail #HIVPolicyNow: 'Fight continues at Senate'

Dec 04, 2017 - 7:15 PM

On December 4, the House of Representatives approves a bill that seeks to improve the Philippines' HIV and AIDS policy

House approves bill to improve PH's HIV, AIDS policy

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:21 PM

The House votes 188-0 in favor of the proposed measure

HUMAN RIGHTS, TOO. HIV awareness advocates light candles as they mark World Aids Day inside the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on Thursday, December 1, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

On World AIDS Day, Duque urges public to break stigma on HIV

Dec 01, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III calls on HIV positive Filipinos to avail of the free anti-retroviral therapy of the DOH

BREAK THE STIGMA.HIV awareness advocates join DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, and WHO's Dr Rajendra Yada as they hold up HIV awareness ribbons. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

How can we help end the negative impact of HIV?

Nov 30, 2017 - 9:11 AM

In the Philippines, the question is highlighted after media groups and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) struggled to handle a case involving a person living with HIV (PLHIV)

‘Stop HIV shaming’: When status is not the story

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Here are guidelines for government authorities and media groups in handling cases and stories involving persons living with HIV

Ebola-like Marburg virus kills 2 in Uganda – official

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:10 PM

'Blood samples were taken from two people who have since died and were found positive for Marburg,' Uganda's health ministry permanent secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine says

New vulnerabilities allow hackers into devices via Bluetooth

Sep 25, 2017 - 6:33 PM

‘BlueBorne’ is said to be capable of harming billions of Bluetooth-enabled devices including smartphones, tablets, and laptops in use today

BLUEBORNE. The virus infects devices via Bluetooth, usually those with operating systems that are not updated. Image from Armis

[Dash of SAS] Someone just told me he has HIV. What do I say? What do I do?

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:00 PM

If you find yourself still not knowing what to say offer benevolence and understanding through silence

PH has 'fastest growing' HIV epidemic in Asia Pacific – DOH

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:36 PM

85 of the new HIV infections among Filipinos are hitting 15 to 24 year old males having sex with males

PREVENTING HIV. DOH officials led by Secretary Paulyn Ubial (2nd from right) hold a press conference on HIV cases in the country on August 1. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'Government has to treat HIV as national emergency' – RITM doctor

Jul 31, 2017 - 9:27 PM

AIDS experts and persons with HIV ask government to enforce the treat all policy and provide medication to patients regardless of their infection stage

TESTING FOR HIV. A lab technician prepares samples for HIV testing. Photo courtesy Diana Mendoza

Orgies and Tinder: Millennials are having a lot of sex, some with a deadly price

Jul 01, 2017 - 8:27 PM

An old virus has new victims: HIV is now infecting the youth faster than any other age group due in part to technology and unsafe sex

Ini beda serangan siber ransom wannacry dan petya

Jun 30, 2017 - 7:46 PM

Menurut Menkominfo Rudiantara motif pembuat virus Petya bukan untuk mencari uang

BERBEDA. Menteri Komunikasi dan Informatika, Rudiantara, tengah menjelaskan perbedaan serangan siver ransow wannacry dengan petya di Bakoel Koffee, Cikini pada Jumat, 30 Juni. Foto oleh Muhammad Harvan/Rappler

Setelah ransomware WannaCry, kini giliran Petya mengancam

Jun 29, 2017 - 10:38 AM

Petya mengunci data di dalam komputer dan meminta tebusan untuk membukanya

Silhouette of a hacker uses a command on graphic user interface' image courtesy of Shutterstock

Mengapa wanita dan anak-anak perlu vaksin HPV untuk cegah kanker serviks

Jun 10, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Januari merupakan bulan kepedulian terhadap kanker serviks Tujuan dari pemberian vaksin HPV adalah sebagai salah satu pencegahan dari kanker serviks

Salah satu pencegahan kanker serviks adalah dengan menggunakan vaksin HPV. Foto dari

India confirms first Zika virus cases – WHO

May 28, 2017 - 12:05 AM

The World Health Organization says the cases suggest low transmission of Zika virus in India

ZIKA VIRUS. Aedes aegypti mosquitos are seen in containers at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. File photo by Nelson Almeida /AFP

Tips Menkominfo Rudiantara atasi ransomware wannacry

May 14, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Rumah Sakit Dharmais menjadi korban malware ini

Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks

May 14, 2017 - 11:25 AM

How does ransomware work and how can people protect their computers from it?

Vaccine created to protect Ebola-ravaged chimps

Mar 09, 2017 - 11:34 PM

The vaccine is given orally the developers say which means it can be put into food bait and left out for the animals to eat easier and less traumatic than darting

EBOLA VACCINES FOR APES. This file photo taken on June 29, 2015 shows chimpanzees from Monkey Island, a celebrated colony of former research lab captives on an atoll deep in the jungle of southern Liberia. File photo by Zoom Dosso/ AFP

Gulf cyber attacks on rise, conference told

Feb 27, 2017 - 10:03 PM

All Gulf Cooperation Council countries are at risk Saleh Almotairi director general of the Saudi National Cyber Security Center tells the conference

BEWARE OF CYBERATTACKS. Director General of National Cyber Security Center in the Saudi Interior Ministry Saleh Ibrahim Almotairi attends the second International Cyber Security Conference, in Riyadh on February 27, 2017. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/ AFP

57 Zika cases in PH – DOH

Feb 03, 2017 - 6:23 PM

The Zika virus is detected in the National Capital Region CALABARZON Central Luzon Central Visayas and Western Visayas

1-year old child is youngest HIV patient in Cagayan Valley

Jan 28, 2017 - 9:08 PM

The baby is the latest addition to the 88 recorded HIV and AIDS cases in Cagayan Valley

China roast duck vendor dies of H7N9 bird flu – Xinhua

Jan 14, 2017 - 9:31 PM

Yongcheng city is monitoring the health of 16 people who have had close contact with the vendor

WATCH: Healing the stigma of HIV

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:15 PM

In an environment where government policies restrict interventions reaching out through kindness and acceptance becomes a way to address HIV

EPIDEMIC. Cebu has seen one of the biggest explosions in infection rates, specifically among people who inject drugs (PWID) and share needles. Photo by Veejay Villafranca

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Dec 28, 2016 - 8:13 PM

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DOH: Zika cases in PH now at 52

Dec 28, 2016 - 2:04 PM

This is a big jump from the 33 Zika cases announced by the Department of Health more than a month ago

Ebola vaccine may be 'up to 100% effective' – WHO

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:08 AM

If all goes well the vaccine could become available in 2018 under a fast track approval process

In this file photo, an adhesive bandage is placed on the arm of a volunteer after she was administered an experimental Ebola vaccine at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, a suburb of Monrovia, on February 2, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Drug rehab, RH budget, Zika, and other public health newsmakers in 2016

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Here are 8 issues in the public health sector that made headlines in 2016

#HackHIV: PrEP launched in PH to curb epidemic

Nov 30, 2016 - 1:12 PM

PrEP is a daily pill that can be taken by people without HIV as an additional tool for prevention to lower the chances of contacting the virus

PREVENTION. (L-R) LoveYourself Senior Director Chris Lagman, volunteer Marvin Natural, LoveYourself Founder Vinn Pagtakhan, RITM AIDS Research Chief Dr Rossana Ditangco, and WHO Country Representative Dr Gundo Weiler answer questions from the audience during the PrEP Launch on Tuesday, November 29. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Sweden slaughters 200,000 hens on bird flu fears

Nov 26, 2016 - 9:33 AM

All of the farm s 200 000 hens will be put down to prevent the expansion of the virus Sweden s agriculture department

Zika babies can develop microcephaly in first year

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:58 AM

The latest study shows the first laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection in the womb leading to microcephaly developing after birth

MICROCEPHALY. Matheus Lima, 22 kisses his two-month-old son Pietro suffering from microcephalia at the Obras Sociais Irma Dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 27, 2016. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Zika no longer a world public health emergency – WHO

Nov 19, 2016 - 7:58 AM

The Zika virus remains a highly significant and long term problem but it is not any more a public health emergency of international concern says a World Health Organization official

ZIKA VIRUS. This file photo taken on January 28, 2016 shows physical therapist Isana Santana treating Ruan Hentique dos Santos, suffering from microcephalia caught through an Aedes Aegypti mosquito bite, at Obras Socias irma dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 28 , 2016. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

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Nov 17, 2016 - 12:52 PM

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Persida Acosta, Zika in PH, U.S.-PH military | 12PM wRap

Nov 16, 2016 - 2:42 PM

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DOH: 10 new Zika cases in PH

Nov 16, 2016 - 9:43 AM

UPDATED A health official confirms that one of the new cases from Las Piñas City is pregnant

19 Zika cases in PH as experts tackle national action plan

Oct 28, 2016 - 4:14 PM

Health officials report two new cases of the virus in Cavite

Myanmar detects first Zika infection

Oct 28, 2016 - 12:32 PM

Authorities confirmed the infection in the 32 year old foreign woman yesterday following a laboratory test state run Global New Light of Myanmar reports

FIRST CASE. Myanmar reports that a pregnant foreign woman had been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne Zika virus. File photo from Wikipedia

Zika cases in the Philippines reach 17 – DOH

Oct 14, 2016 - 12:20 PM

UPDATED Only the confirmed case in Cebu City is reported to be pregnant

Health officials declare Chikungunya outbreak in Maasin City

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:50 PM

To date about 300 cases have been reported in the Southern Leyte city

DOH: Zika virus endemic in PH

Oct 04, 2016 - 8:54 PM

It was just established within the week that the Philippines is indeed endemic for Zika virus Category 2 says lawmaker Scott Davies Lanete who sponsored the health department s proposed budget at the Lower House

ENDEMIC. Health officials say the Philippines is endemic for Zika virus. File photo of a jar with larvas of Aedes eegypti mosquito by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Chikungunya outbreak declared in Cavite town

Oct 01, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Over 400 suspected cases of the mosquito borne disease have been reported in the town of Indang since January 1

US extends 6-month warning to men over Zika risk

Oct 01, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Men who live in or have traveled to an area of active Zika transmission are now urged to wait half a year before attempting conception regardless of whether they have been diagnosed with Zika or showed any symptoms

ZIKA VIRUS. This file photo taken on January 25, 2016 shows an Aedes Aegypti mosquito sitting on human skin in a lab of the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) in Cali, Colombia. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

US man may have contracted Zika from dying father's tears, sweat

Sep 30, 2016 - 8:11 PM

Tests show an unusually high concentration of Zika virus in the father s blood more than 100 000 times greater than levels found in other patients according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly – ministry

Sep 30, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The World Health Organization has earlier said any confirmed cases in Thailand would be the first identified in Southeast Asia

FIGHTING ZIKA. A municipal worker fumigates a residential area against the Aedes aegypti mosquito as a preventive measure against the spread of the dengue fever in Bangkok on February 5, 2016. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

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Sep 26, 2016 - 8:24 PM

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