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IN NUMBERS: Global HIV/AIDS cases still on the rise

Dec 01, 2018 - 3:14 PM

The number of HIV-positive individuals continues to rise globally despite maximum efforts done to suppress the disease

WIDESPREAD. HIV/AIDS continues to persist despite measures taken to suppress the virus. Photo from Shutterstock

Ebola prevention measures make 'positive impact' in DR Congo

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'The fact that we have so far prevented Ebola from spreading into neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners,' says a WHO official

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Aid groups halt Ebola work as Congo raid toll hits 21

Sep 24, 2018 - 11:23 PM

The latest violence, which sparks local anger, comes just 3 months before the Democratic Republic of Congo holds a fractious election to choose a successor to Joseph Kabila, the country's deeply-contested president

D.R. Congo rolls out prototype Ebola drugs as death toll rises to 67

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The health ministry says 4 other experimental drugs had been approved for treating infected patients

New Ebola virus found in Sierra Leone

Jul 27, 2018 - 8:19 PM

It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus – which researchers say could be transmitted to humans – can develop into the deadly Ebola disease

SIERRA LEONE AND EBOLA. People walk under an Ebola's information board featuring Sierra Leone's president Ernest Bai Koroma on January 22, 2016 in a street of Freetown. File photo by Sia-Kambou/AFP

5 new Ebola cases in DR Congo, says authorities

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:54 PM

DR Congo and the World Health Organization are rushing to contain the outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in recent weeks, with 25 dead

SAFETY ZONE. Health workers operate within an Ebola safety zone in the Health Center in Iyonda, near Mbandaka, on June 1, 2018. Photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

Strengthened HIV-AIDS policy nears becoming a law

May 21, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The Senate and House approve the bill seeking to strengthen government policy on the prevention and control of HIV-AIDS

File photo by George Moya/Rappler

DR Congo reports 3 new Ebola cases

May 19, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The WHO has said the latest Ebola outbreak did not warrant being labelled an emergency of 'international concern', adding that Kinshasa's response along with its own has been 'rapid and comprehensive'

WHO says 'high risk' Ebola will spread in DR Congo

May 18, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Ebola is lethal and highly contagious, which makes it difficult to contain – especially in urban environments where people are mobile and come into more contact with others

QUARNTINE. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, Health workers work at an Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, after a one case of Ebola was confirmed in their village. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

WHO reports new Ebola case in DR Congo, vaccine this week

May 14, 2018 - 7:10 AM

The World Health Organization is planning to begin a vaccination campaign in the area, near the border with the Republic of Congo, using an available stockpile of an experimental vaccine

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Researchers warn 'Ebola for plants' hitting Africa's cassava crop

Apr 13, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Africa is the world's largest producer of cassava, accounting for 57% of a crop that some 800 million people around the world rely on

'EBOLA FOR PLANTS.' People prepare large bags of cassava to be sold at Sao's market, a few kilometers from Bangui, in Central Africa on April 12, 2013. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

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 Hellosehat.com

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

Duterte, SWS survey, Zika virus | Evening wRap

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

PH GDP, Zika cases, fake news | 12PM wRap

Nov 17, 2016 - 12:52 PM

Watch the 12PM newscast with Mara Cepeda

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

Nov 16, 2016 - 2:42 PM

Watch the 12PM newscast with David Lozada

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