30 November 2023
HIV infections are soaring in the Philippines, with experts blaming online dating, poor sex education and conservative attitudes in the deeply religious country for fueling the spread of the virus.
While less than one percent of the country's more than 110 million people have been diagnosed with HIV, UN data show it has one of the world's fastest-growing epidemics. Philippine health officials warn the number of people testing positive for HIV every year is accelerating and the caseload could more than double to over 400,000 by 2030.
The vast majority of new infections are among men having sex with men and transgender women. Experts said social media and online dating sites had fanned infections over the past decade by making it easier for people to find sexual partners.
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