Does the global HIV response understand sex?

MELBOURNE, 28 August 2014 (IRIN) – Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards “sex positive” approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection. “If we look at historical […]

HIV interventions also needed behind bars

  MANILA, 12 February 2014 (IRIN) – Providing access to HIV prevention and treatment services in closed settings, such as prisons, is crucial to curbing the transmission of HIV, particularly among women, say public health experts. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says global HIV prevalence among prisoners is up to 50 times higher […]

PHILIPPINES: Social media link to rising HIV among MSM

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website. MANILA, 21 November 2012 (PlusNews) – Social media, coupled with prevailing unsafe sexual practices, is driving up levels of HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM), health experts warn. “There are indications that MSM who meet online have more opportunities for unsafe sex with […]

Is HIV going viral?

By Ana P. Santos MANILA, Philippines – The exponential rise in HIV cases in the country may be traced back to social media and use of injecting drugs. This is according to Dr Eric Tayag, head of the Department of Health National Epidemiology Center (DOH-NEC) who gave a report Friday on the status of HIV […]

HIV crisis worsening in PH

By Ana P. Santos MANILA, Philippines – “There has been a 587% increase in the number of new cases of HIV in the Philippines from 2007 to 2011. This is simply unacceptable. The DOH (Department of Health) has not seen an epidemic rise this quickly,” Dr Genesis Samonte, chief of the HIV Surveillance Unit of […]

IRIN News: Faces of HIV grow younger

This article was originally published in the IRIN News website on March 8, 2011. MANILA, 8 March 2011 (PlusNews) – Newly reported HIV infections among young people have increased 10-fold in the past three years in the Philippines, one of only seven countries worldwide where overall infections continue to climb, according to the government. While […]

Women's Health Dec 2009: Action Figure Joy Lynn Alegarbes

Spreading the Word This feisty Filipina is at the forefront of educating people about condom use in the fight against AIDS. Name: Joy Lynn Alegarbes Age: 30 Homebase: New York City, New York Why she’s an action figure: Joy Lynn is a sexual health advocate and the director of global operations for The Condom Project […]