AIDS epidemic declared in Philippines
Source: ABS-CBN News
“PGH on Wednesday said the number of Filipinos infected with HIV rose dramatically in the past 10 months and now includes young urban professionals such as call center agents. Doctors at the PGH Infectious Disease Treatment Complex said the number of human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) cases in the hospital rose to 100 in the past 10 months. Records from the Department of Health showed that the number of HIV cases rose to 709 last year, compared to 528 in 2008. Dr. Edsel Savana of the PGH Infectious Disease Treatment Complex said most of those who contract HIV are sex workers, gays and drug addicts. Dr. Katerina Leyritana, however, said hospitals have also recorded HIV cases among young urban professionals such as call center agents. She said majority of the recent HIV cases tend to be younger, mostly from ages 15-29, who are well educated. Some of those infected said they got the illness after engaging in casual or group sex, which they discovered through social networking sites on the Internet. “There are a lot of sites right now that can organize orgies quickly. A lot of young people believe in casual sex,” she said. If current trends hold, the health department said HIV patients in the country could balloon to 20,000 cases by 2020. The PGH said it will conduct a massive information drive to warn people about the possible dangers of unsafe sex. (Source: ABS-CBN)”
Presidential candidates for the May 10, 2010 national eletions, from left, Sen. Benigno Aquino III, Sen. Richard Gordon, Sen. Jamby Madrigal, Nicanor Perlas, John Carlos De Los Reyes, Gilbert Teodoro, Eddie Villanueva, show their stand for a clean elections following a forum with foreign correspondents based in Manila, Philippines Monday Feb. 15, 2010. Nine candidates are running for a fixed 6-year term for the highest position of the land in the first-ever automated elections in May.
By Cathy C. Yamsuan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:36:00 02/16/2010
Filed Under: Inquirer Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Family planning, Religion & Belief, Health