HIV cases rise in PH, Asia

Published: December 20, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Human immunodeficiency virus prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgenders in the Philippines and other major Asian cities is rising while the HIV epidemic is stabilizing in many other parts of the world.

In the Philippines, the prevalence is as high as 4 percent in some parts of the country, with the MSM population taking more than a 70 percent share of new reported infections, according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the Philippines.
The UNDP said the situation may worsen if the affected countries fail to strengthen city-level responses that could lead to a reversal of national progress on HIV.

HIV infection, which is still incurable, is sexually transmitted and can be prevented by using condoms or abstaining from sex with infected persons.

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