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 […]

[DASH OF SAS] Is HIV going out of fashion?

BY ANA P. SANTOS “In light of other pressing issues like urban terrorism, climate change, and the global recession, is HIV still newsworthy? Is HIV still ‘fashionable’ to talk about?” At last November’s International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific(ICAAP11), a regional conference attended by more than 3,000 delegates from government, public health institutions and […]

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 […]

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 […]