Philippines Has Highest HIV Growth Rate in Asia-Pacific

MANILA – The Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific in the past six years with a 140-percent increase in the number of new infections, the health ministry and the United Nations said on Tuesday.

At the end of 2016, there were 10,500 Filipinos infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) up from 4,300 in 2010, Health Minister Paulyn Ubial told a news conference, citing data from UNAIDS.




A priest lights candles around an AIDS symbol as he participates in an event in observance of World AIDS Day in Quezon city, Philippines.