HIV/AIDS

Country profiles on HIV/AIDS

Philippines


The Philippines had for many years recorded a low level HIV epidemic. From 1984 to 2006, there was a slow but steady increase.But in recent years, the number of cases detected per year has increased dramatically. According to recent estimations and projections, the Philippines has one of the fastest-growing HIV epidemics in the world, the estimated HIV incidence having risen more than 25% since 2001.

Indeed, recent estimates and newly available data collected among men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs in several cities indicate that the country’s low-level epidemic will continue to grow rapidly and is now firmly concentrated in key populations.

From 2006 the predominant mode of HIV transmission among reported HIV cases has shifted from heterosexual transmission (more than 65% in 2006) to male-to-male sex (over 80% in 2012).

Core HIV and AIDS epidemic and response data

Indicator 2001 2007 2011 2012 2013
No. PLHIV
Total 2 100 3 800 8 500 9 300 11 000
Adults 2 100 3 600 8 300 9 100 11 000
Women (15+) <1 000 <1 100 1 400 1 500 1 600
Children < 15 years <100 <200 <500 <500 <500
Space
No. new infection <500 <500 <1 000 1 100 2 100
AIDS related deaths <500 <500 <500 <500
Space
HIV prevalence (%)
Adult <0.1 <0.1 <0.1 <0.1 <0.1
Key Populations (a)
PWID (1 site) 0.4 53.2 52
FSW (10 sites) 0.05 0.68
MSM (10 sites) 0.3 2.16 2.9
Space
No. people on ART
Total 336 1 992 3 492 5 564
Children 3 19 33 17
ART coverage (%) (b) 50
Space
No. receiving ARV for PMTCT 1 13 19 14
PMTCT coverage (%) 3.9

(a) IHBSS
(b) Country estimates
(c) National AIDS/STI Prevention and Control Program

Source:

WHO/UNAIDS estimates 2013, and GARPR reporting, unless otherwise indicated.

Legend: PLHIV people living with HIV; PWID - people who inject drugs; FSW female sex workers; MSM men who have sex with men; ARV antiretroviral drugs; ART antiretroviral therapy; PMTCT prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Last update:
3 December 2014