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WHO prods PH to do more to fight HIV/AIDS


MANILA, Philippines—The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged countries in the Western Pacific, including the Philippines, to do more in the fight against the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people.

On the eve of World AIDS Day Saturday, the WHO warned that the gains made against the epidemic over the last decade could be jeopardized unless countries urgently expanded access to health services for these two key sectors.

“We need to strengthen our programs to ensure that these key populations receive the support they need to protect themselves,” said Dr. Shin Young-soo, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific.

“We need to scale up and improve sustained, comprehensive, effective and stigma-free HIV prevention efforts focusing on and working with men who have sex with men, and transgender people,” he added.

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS 2012 Global Report, HIV epidemics in Asia and the Pacific remain largely concentrated among people who inject drugs, MSM and sex workers.

“HIV prevention coverage remains inadequate for men who have sex with men. There is low coverage in the Philippines and Vietnam at 25 percent. Although China reported more than 75-percent coverage of such programs, a survey of Singaporean and Vietnamese men who have sex with men revealed a high rate of condom use (75 percent),” the WHO said.

“HIV infection among men who have sex with men across the region continues to grow. This requires governments to reassess the effectiveness and quality of existing interventions,” it added.

The agency said an estimated 1.3 million people were living with HIV in the 37 countries in the Western Pacific region, “with 80,000 deaths attributed to AIDS.”

In Cambodia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, the rate of new HIV infections fell by more than 25 percent between 2001 and 2011, the WHO said.

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  • kanoy

    HIV will continue to spread here as long as the church continues to focus solely on unborn babies while turning its back on gays, drug users and unprotected heterosexual intercourse…HIV-AIDS began in Africa among heterosexuals not gays not drug users just dirty sex another way to defunct this ”gay men” disease…they are a major source but not THE major source is in 2009, women comprised 51% of the US population and accounted for 23% of new HIV infections….dirty dildos???…..no…..heterosexual unprotected sex and drug use

  • superpilipinas

    Well you see the problem is about MEN HAVING SEX WITH MEN.
    Don’t tell me that the government should use tax money so man can doggie fffck another man’s azzhole for free. They should pay for their own fffckng around. No to free condoms out of our money! No to RH. 

  • kilabot

    rhbill. you see it now?
    the right approach will be massive re-education on the proper natural use of the peni s, puss y, and anu s;
    lgbt educators have perverted the teachings of biology that’s why lgbts have spread faster than viruses;
    teach back the basics. that heterosexual intercourse is the right way, and not msm anal_ysis.

    to those already practicing lgbts and insist on staying at that lifestyle, let them continue with their perversion until afflicted with hiv/aids. that will take care of them. self-liquidating.

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