Fact check: PH is the country with the fastest growing reported HIV cases

Fact check: PH is the country with the fastest growing reported HIV cases

- A study claimed that the Philippines has now the fastest-growing cases of HIV in the world

- The UNAIDS claimed that there were about 13,384 new HIV cases have been recorded by the end of 2018

- The country has also been projected to have 201,000 HIV cases by 2025

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Many cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) have been recorded in the country in the past recent years. A study claimed that the Philippines ranked as the country with the fastest-growing HIV cases.

KAMI learned that according to a 2018 report, the country is the fastest-growing worldwide.

In a report by the Manila Bulletin (author Joseph Pedrajas), the United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) claimed that about 13,384 new HIV cases have been recorded by the end of 2018.

The data showed that it was 203 percent higher than the reported cases in 2010, with only about 4,419.

We are the country with the fastest-growing HIV epidemic in the world, not only in Asia and the Pacific. In 2018 report, we’re now number 1 in the whole world,” Dr. Louie Ocampo, UNAIDS Philippines country director said on Monday.

[We are the] fastest growing in terms of growth rate comparing 2010 and 2018. But in terms of absolute number, we are still very low, [when compared to] African countries,” he added.

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As reported by the Philippine Star (author Sheila Crisostomo), the UNAIDS said that it has projected about 201,000 reported HIV cases in the country by 2025.

The Philippines has been projected to have 201,000 HIV cases by 2025, up from 56,000 cases in 2016 and 142,000 cases in 2022,” Dr. Ocampo said.

In order to address the increasing cases of HIV in the country, Dr. Ocampo stressed the need to pay attention to the low knowledge of HIV among the youth.

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