Country profiles on HIV/AIDS


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. 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.


All data from the databases below unless otherwise stated
AIDSInfo. Geneva: UNAIDS
Global AIDS response progress reporting [online database]. Geneva: https//
Tuberculosis data [online database]. Geneva. World Health Organisation, 2015:

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