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The Philippines largely dodged the AIDS crisis. That’s changing. – LA Times

My brother passed away from an AIDS related illness in March of 2016. This article was published on the LA Times approximately 3 months before he passed.

Increasing HIV infection rates are raising fears that the Philippines will be faced with a public health crisis that it has long escaped. Since the Philippines reported its first case of HIV in 1984, the island nation has had one of the lowest rates of infection in the world; less than 1% of its 100 million population has been infected with the virus that causes AIDS.

But that may be changing.

Globally, new HIV infections have fallen dramatically in recent years, according to UNAIDS, the United Nations’ program to combat the disease. But in the Philippines, more than 20,000 new HIV infections were reported from 2010 to 2015 — more than four times as many as had been recorded in the 26 years before that.

Read more at: Philippines largely dodged the AIDS crisis. That’s changing. – LA Times

Performers get ready for the annual World AIDS Day parade in Manila on Dec. 1, 2015. (Veejay Villafranca / Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

Rina and Gabby Cardinas, who have both been HIV positive for more than 10 years, live in a small town outside Cebu City, Philippines. (Veejay Villafranca / Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

Brother Paul Bongcaras from the Society of the Divine Word distributes condoms to sex workers in Cebu City, Philippines. (Veejay Villafranca / Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting)

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