18 Aug '11, 10am

HIV infections rising steadily among Filipino youth: Reproductive Health Bill can help curb trend: #Asia #HIV #AIDS

HIV infections rising steadily among Filipino youth: Reproductive Health Bill can help curb trend: #Asia #HIV #AIDS

MANILA: HIV infections are rising steadily among the Filipino youth and experts say this is the result of engaging in risky sexual behaviours. In 2010, there were 489 cases of young Filipinos between 15 and 24 years old that got infected with HIV compared to 41 cases in 2007. A Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study conducted by the state university's population institute in 2002 revealed that though 95 per cent of young adults have heard of HIV and AIDS, 73 per cent believe they are immune to the virus. And with 23 per cent of Filipino youth engaging in premarital sex, experts say young Filipinos have a higher chance of acquiring the disease. Dr. Diana Mendoza, who is from the Manila Social Hygiene Clinic, said: "It's really very alarming because aside from the sex act that is unprotected, they also engage in group sex wherein they take drugs and alcohol. This is the p...

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channelnewsasia.com 15 Aug '11, 4pm

MANILA: While HIV infection rates have been dropping globally, the number of new HIV cases in the Philippines continues to...