Prevalence (global and local estimates)
Special dates to remember for HIV
|% of PLHIV who knew their HIV status||90||79||72|
|% of PLHIV who knew their status were on ART||90||78||60|
|% of PLHIV on ART virally suppressed||90||86||Cannot be determined*|
An HIV Summit 2019 was organized by the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID) in coordination with the DOH, PIDSOG and PIDSP last August 2, 2019 in Bayanihan Hall. These experts on HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases convened to address the increasing number of Filipino babies who acquire the virus from their mothers. Dr. Mario Panaligan, PSMID President said that the country is seeing more HIV cases acquired through mother to child transmission and that the HIV epidemic is still uncontrollable. In the presentation of Dr. Ma. Emma Alesna-Llanto, President of the Philippine Society of Adolescent Medicine Specialists, the number of females infected with HIV had increased by 187 percent or from 60 to 172 cases in 2013 and 2018, respectively. More alarming, is that around 56% of pregnant cases were aged 15 to 24 – or in their reproductive ages- since 2011..Read More...
The HIV and AIDS prevention program will focus on educating the public on HIV and AIDS and other STIs to reduce high risk behaviors, lessen vulnerability, and promote the rights of PLHIV. There will be standardized education in public and private learning institutions which will integrate basic and age-appropriate instruction on the causes, transmission, and prevention of HIV and AIDS and other STIs as well as human rights-based principles to reduce stigma and discrimination. Standardized basic information and instruction on HIV and AIDS will be promoted in the workplace and among Filipinos going abroad. Education will cover indigenous people communities and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) and key population and vulnerable communities. The new policy reduced the age of consent for screening and treatment form the age of 18 to 15 years. In alignment with the mature minor doctrine, the law also allows for any person below the age of 15 to consent to voluntary HIV testing and counseling, with the assistance of a licensed social worker or health worker. The law provides a comprehensive health intervention for key population which includes males having sex with males (MSM), sex workers, people who inject drugs (PWID), transgender (TG), and overseas Filipino workers (OFW). The law also provides care and support to all PLHIV, their affected families, intimate partners, significant others, and children (especially the orphaned children). The law also ensures the development of a comprehensive STI, HIV and AIDS prevention and control program in prisons, rehabilitation centers, and other closed-setting institution. The program should include HIV education and information, HIV counseling and testing, and access to HIV treatment and care. Under this new law, no PLHIV shall be denied or deprived of private health insurance under a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and private life insurance coverage under a life insurance company on the basis of the person's HIV status. Furthermore, no person shall be denied of his insurance claims if he dies of HIV or AIDS under a valid and subsisting life insurance policy.Download R.A. 11166