HIV in the Philippines


In June 2016, 841 new HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) cases were recorded in the HIV/AIDS and ART Registry of the Philippines (HARP) – the highest number of new infections recorded in a month since 1984. This sets the average number of daily HIV infections in the country to 26, compared with the average per day of 17 in 2014 and 9 in 2012.


Of the total 841 cases, 789 were males and 43 were females; 456 were aged 24 to 34 and 226 were aged 15 to 24. Furthermore, 777 of the total cases were attributed to sexual transmission, mostly among men who have sex with men (MSM), which accounted for 690 cases. Sixty cases were attributed to needle sharing among intravenous drug users, while four cases were reportedly caused by mother-to-child transmission.


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