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Philippines faces expanding HIV epidemic, shows research

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2589 (Published 13 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2589
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

    The Philippines has all the conditions for an epidemic of HIV, including the lowest rate of condom use in Asia, rising rates of casual sex, unsafe injection drug use, and a large population of overseas workers, shows new research.

    Findings from researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia run contrary to the perception that the HIV epidemic in the Philippines is low and slow growing (Journal of the International AIDS Society 2010, doi 10.1186/1758-2652-13-16). Official statistics suggest that since 1984 HIV prevalence has been less than 0.1% even among high risk groups.

    The review of epidemiology, behaviour trends, and public health …

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