AIDS rise imperils MDG targets of PH, warns UN

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MANILA, Philippines—The United Nations (UN) warned on Friday that the Philippines was not on target to meet its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of stopping the spread of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in the country.

Marking World AIDS Day, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said the Philippines was one of only nine countries where the number of new HIV infections were increasing by more than 25 percent.

It said that Philippines was also one of only three countries in the Asia Pacific Region that “is now categorized as having an expanding (HIV) epidemic.”

Worse, the coverage of HIV prevention programs among Filipino males who have sex with other males (MSM)—the sector where most of the new infections are being detected—is “below 25 percent, compared to other countries whose program coverage is more than 75 percent.”

 

Timeline

“The United Nations in the Philippines notes these trends with increasing concern, as the timeline for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 draws near,”

UNAIDS said in a statement.

“The United Nations Country Team in the Philippines recognizes that MDG 6, specifically to halt and reverse the spread of HIV by 2015, is among the MDGs least likely to be attained,” it added.

The United Nations Childrens Fund (Unicef) is “also concerned” that a third of new HIV infections in the country are reported among young people aged 15-24 years, “mostly from key populations, namely males who have sex with other males, people who inject drugs and people engaged in sex work.”

“Young people and adolescents access HIV testing facilities much less than their older counterparts. Key populations may get pregnant or may have female partners who get pregnant, with the risk of transmitting HIV to the baby, UNAIDS said.

“By definition, an AIDS-free generation depends on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable from HIV infection,” Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake said.

UNAIDS added that “much more needs to be done” to halt and reverse the further spread of HIV, specifically “among key populations who have been least reached, such as those that are young or pregnant.”

The Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry showed that there were 316 new cases in September with 54 percent of them coming from the National Capital Region (NCR).

“This was 25 percent higher compared to the same period last year. Most of the cases (96 percent) were males. The median age was 28 years (age range: 16-70 years). The 20-29 year (57 percent) age-group had the most number of cases,” the DOH said.

It said 312 of the new HIV cases were infected through sexual contact while only four cases were due to injecting illegal drugs.

“Males having sex with other males (82 percent) were the predominant type of sexual transmission (and) most (97 percent) of the cases were still asymptomatic at the time of reporting,” the DOH said.

It added that that 2,466 new HIV cases had been reported this year, with 126 of them being reported as full-blown AIDS cases. 98 percent of these AIDS cases were acquired through sexual contact.

 

No funds vs AIDS

 

Health Secretary Enrique Ona admitted that the government did not have enough funds to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.

“That’s true. We really have a deficiency… In almost all of our health needs, we have deficiencies. I wish I could have all the money to fight HIV-AIDS,” Ona said.

But Ona quickly added that the government was doing its best with the finite resources it had to stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

“We need a very aggressive program. However, more important is the strategy we should use and the data we will use. Our law is very, very strict with regards to privacy (of people with HIV),” Ona said.

“Another fact is 70 percent of HIV (cases) are spread because of men having sex with men. So, our strategy should be modified in such a way that the vulnerable are informed while making sure privacy is maintained. And we are doing that now,” he added.

However, the Network to Stop AIDS-Philippines (NSAP) said the government should put its money where its mouth is. It added that there was an annual funding gap of P548 million in the efforts to stop the spread of HIV in the Philippines.

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  • superpilipinas

    Forget the MDG. It’s a “carrot and stick” ploy.

    They dangle the money on our faces and then whip us when we don’t obey what they want us to do.

    HIV and AIDS is much worse in western countries. At least in the Philippines, it is still confined to gay men (96%).

    We should address our DENGUE problem first.

  • txtman

    >>>>>>>>>>>> ANO NAMAN BA YAN? <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    SIMPLE LANG SOLUTION DYAN

    1. WAG MAKIPAGTALIK SA KAPWA LALAKI
    2. WAG MAKIPAGTALIK SA KAPWA LALAKI
    3. WAG MAKIPATALIK SA KAPWA LALAKI

    AND

    BE FAITHFUL.

    PITIFUL

  • txtman

    >>>>>>>>>>> ANO DAW? <<<<<<<<<<<<<

    WALANG FUNDS?

    BAKIT KO NAMAN BABAYARAN ANG MGA CONDOMS NA GAGAMITIN
       NG MGA IBANG TAO PARA MAGPASARAP?

    KUNG MAY PERA SILANG PAMBILI NG CALLBOY OR CALLGIRL

    MAYROON DIN SILANG PERANG PAMBILI NG SARILI NILANG PROTEKTION

    AT WAG GAWING RASON NA HINDI NILA ALAM YAN

    GINAWA NILA YAN

    MAGDUSA SILA

    PITIFUL

  • txtman

    >>>>>>>>>> MGA PALUSOT TALAGA <<<<<<<<<<<<<

    GUSTONG IRASON NAMAN NILA ITO SA RH BILL DAW

    QUESTION?

    ANONG GINAGAWA NG:

    1. AIDS SOCIETY OF THE PHILIPPINES, INC- HINDI BA HIV PREVENTION & CONTROL
            ANG LAYUNIN NILA?

    2. POSITIVE ACTION FOUNDATION – TREATMENT & CASE SUPPORT?

    NASAAN NA YUNG PERA GRANT FROM THE GLOBAL FUND TO FIGHT AIDS?

    KANINONG BULSA NAPUNTA ANG MGA PERA NA YUN?

    PITIFUL

  • just_anotherperson

    This only shows that if you are promiscuous, you are more likely to get STD and Aids.  Cause and effect.  Condoms will not save you.

  • charlie_oscar

    many married mans go have down-low on Quezon Memorial Circle and go home to wifey and spread HIV – many macho also do this…PNP, AFP and NBI all cruise the circle

    • $37644997

      They always think,no one is watching them and most of them are getting it for free because they carry their revolvers on a “shooting spree”.

  • txtman

    >>>>>>>PALIBHASA MGA BADINGAY ANG KARAMIHANG INVOLVED <<<<<<<<<<<

    67% OF HIV TRASMISSIONS WERE DUE TO HOMOSEXUAL& BISEXUAL CONTACT

    10,514 CASES FROM 1984-2012 AND MOST OF THEM ARE DEAD

    TAPOS NAGNGANGAWA NA SILA?
    .
    .
    HOW ABOUT MALARIA CASES?

    DAMI NAMAMATAY DYAN?
    .

    HOW ABOUT YUNG MGA TB PATIENTS?

    ESTIMATED 200,000 – 600,000 PINOYS HAVE ACTIVE TB

    6TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH

    PUNTA KAYO SAN LAZARO HOSPITAL

    KATABI MISMO NG DOH

    TIGNAN NINYO TB PAVILLION NILA

    MASAHOL PA SA MGA HAYOP ANG MGA KALAGAYAN NG MGA
          PASYENTE DOON

    TO THINK THAT THESE PEOPLE WITH TB, MALARIA ETC
        EH WALA NAMAN SILANG GINAWANG KABABOYAN?

    PERO HAYAN

    TRINATRATO SILANG PARANG MGA HAYOP

    MUKHANG ANG POLICY NG DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IS

    KUNG SINONG GUMAGAWA NG MGA KABABOYAN AY IYON ANG
        LALONG PATUUNAN NG PANSIN

    PALIBHASA KASI MADAMI SA MGA DOCTORS DYAN SA DOH AY
         MGA BADINGAY

    KAYA HAYAN, PURO CONDOM INIISIP

    PROTEKSYON PARA SA KANILANG KABABOYAN MUNA BEFORE OTHERS

    EXCUSE ME

    MADAMI KAYONG PERA

    BUMILI KAYO NG SARILING CONDOM

    AND DON'T GIVE US THAT EXCUSE NA HINDI NINYO ALAM YAN

    AYAW NINYONG PAAWAT SA KABABOYAN NINYO

    EH DI MAGDUSA KAYO

    PITIFUL

  • Paglaya

    Tapos ang minumungkahi ng U.N ay gawing ligal ang prostitution sa Pilipinas?!

  • dorothyanne88

    This AIDS issue is a serious matter that the president and congress must undertake the soonest prior to spreading like wildfire that lives and health of the citizenry be its price’.

    This is rather alarming considering that its a worldwide concern. It’s a pressing need that needs an immediate solution more important than the RH Bill that divides the filipinos.

  • linda way

    my gosh, EVERYTHING is important issue- poverty, corruption,etc. and they don’t just exits in the ph…can UN resolve issues as fast like hopefully the south china sea and west philippine sea?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LJVSZRQ7PBVINM5F6LL2HRURKA Rinaanir

    Makapag-asawa pa kaya ako nito? Pansin ko dumadami na ang mga bading sa Pilipinas. Ano bang meron at sarap na sarap silang tirahin sa pwet?

  • kilabot

    achtung!
    perverted biology being taught by lgbt teachers in schools is a major cause of hiv/aids rise. these perverts classify anus as a sex organ. likewise, they redefine sodom y as love.
    there is a need to teach back-to-basics biology. the natural proper use of the peni s, puss y, and anus. ladlad teachers should inhibit themselves in this corrective endeavor.

    lgbts, why don’t you say something about this plague happening in our country now. it’s time to discuss this in the open and find solutions because it affects even future generations.

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