HIV in the Philippines: The Flaw in the Law

To its peril, a promising new law overhauling the Philippines’ antiquated HIV policy still fails to mandate government promotion of condom use, writes Carlos H. Conde.

The draft law makes several improvements: It gives more resources to the Philippine National AIDS Council, requires sex education, lowers the HIV testing age, and bans discrimination against people with HIV. But low condom use drives the fastest-growing HIV epidemic in the Asia-Pacific region; the Philippines’ infection have swelled 140% in 6 years. 

The omission is a “damaging defeat by the ideological biases of conservative lawmakers and the Catholic Church over proper public health practice,” Conde writes.

Human Rights Watch (Opinion)

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