Closure of gay bars looms in Baguio

Published: December 4, 2014

Manila Standard TODAY
Dexter A. See and A. Perez Rimando
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BAGUIO CITY, Benguet—Health officials asked the city government on Wednesday to close down gay bars to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease AIDS, which showed an upsurge in the past several months.

Dra. Celiaflor Brillantes, head of the social hygiene clinic, said 80 percent of the 60 AIDS cases in the city have been traced to men having sex with men and returning overseas workers, who got infected abroad.

“We have to close down the gay bars and strictly regulate the operation of nightspots in order to prevent the further increase of individuals contracting the dreaded disease,” Brillantes said.

Six cases were recorded this year compared with nine cases last year but the threat of an upsurge among gays was real. More than a dozen bars will be affected by a closure order.

A total of 60 AIDS cases were reported in the city since 2010 and at least four of them have died. Most of the cases were traced to men having sex with men.

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