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Philippines records highest number of new HIV cases since 1984

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2671 (Published 18 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2671
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

The Philippines has reported its highest number of new cases of HIV in a single month since 1984, with 667 new cases reported in March. This represents a 34% increase over the same period last year.

Sex without condoms among men who have sex with men was one of the key drivers of the epidemic, particularly in metropolitan Manila, where it accounted for 44% of the newly diagnosed cases.

Most of the cases (630) were attributed to sexual transmission, and 85% …

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