Country profiles on HIV/AIDS
The Philippines reported 832 AIDS cases from 1984-2009. Seventy-three percent of which were males. HIV cases reported were 4424 as of end 2009. There was a sudden increase in HIV cases in 2007 and 2008 compared with previous years, in particular higher proportion of those infected by homosexual and bisexual contact (63 percent in 2009 compared with 44.5 percent cumulative cases from 1984-2008). People who inject drugs were involved in an outbreak detected in Cebu in early 2010.
The global economic crisis appears to have little impact on the country’s HIV/AIDS programmes and services as major intervention continues. The 2009-2010 Operational Plan has prioritized major interventions for MARPS. The biggest challenge for the Philippines is how to overcome the conservative opposition to evidence based strategies to contain the epidemic such as promotion of condoms and distribution of needles and syringes.
Core HIV and AIDS epidemic and response data
|Adults pre. %||...||...|
|Children < 15 years||...||...|
|HIV Pre. of MARPs|
|No. people on ART|
|ART coverage %||31|
|No. pediatric patients on ART||4||11||24|
|No. receiving ARV for PMTCT||1||1||3|
|PMTCT coverage %|
Sources and notes:
- 2001 and 2007 data: UNAIDS/WHO 2008 Update: Epidemiological Fact Sheet on HIV and AIDS.
- 2008 and 2009 data: WHO, UNAIDS and UNICEF: Towards Universal Access: Scaling up Priority HIV/AIDS Interventions in the Health Sector, Progress Report 2009 and 2010.