HIV-AIDS crossing to general population in PH

Routine testing is a must

In line with World AIDS Day yesterday, December 1, the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC) is sending out a clear message: that the epidemic is crossing over to the general population should be cause for alarm. Previously limited to the MSM (men having sex with men) and PWID (people who inject drugs) population, "there is now a bridge from the high-risk population (through commercial sex workers) to the general population," says PNAC Secretariat head Ferchito Avelino.


PNAC is encouraging routine screening for high-risk individuals, as well as increased public awareness on HIV, in order to provide accurate information on the virus.


According to the Department of Health (DOH), there are currently 537 new HIV cases and 59 AIDS cases, with 17 deaths last October. This brought the total number of recorded HIV/AIDS cases in the country for this year alone to 5,010.


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