DOH reports 3,410 new HIV cases in Q1

Jerome Aning 05/18/2024

The Philippines reported 3,410 new HIV/AIDS cases and 82 deaths in the first quarter of the year, according to the Department of Health (DOH). Data from the HIV and AIDS Registry showed the new cases ranged from…

HIV-positive status not ground for firing, SC says

Jane Bautista - Reporter / @janebautistaINQ 05/02/2024

MANILA, Philippines — Simply testing positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cannot be used as the sole basis for termination of employment and that is even if a Filipino is working abroad.  This was what the Supreme…

SC: Dismissal of HIV positive employee is illegal

Tetch Torres-Tupas 05/01/2024

MANILA CITY, Philippines — Termination of employment due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is illegal, the Supreme Court (SC) said in a decision made public Wednesday. The case concerns an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia. The…

‘Vampire facials’ linked to cases of HIV in three women

Associated Press 04/30/2024

Three women were diagnosed with HIV after getting “vampire facial” procedures at an unlicensed New Mexico medical spa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report last week, marking the first documented cases of people…

Mandaue City Jail: 17 PDLs or inmates have HIV

Mary Rose Sagarino 03/27/2023

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — At least 17 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) or inmates in the Mandaue City Jail were positive of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Lawyer Jonathan Baltar, jail superintendent, said that 15 of the…

Group asks gov’t to implement comprehensive sex education

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Reporter / @GabrielLaluINQ 03/17/2023

MANILA, Philippines — Recent reports of adolescents contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have prompted a women’s rights advocacy group to call for implementing comprehensive sexual education (CSE) to help children and teenagers avoid sexually transmitted diseases. In…

Health official: ‘Love responsibly,’ as number of HIV cases rises

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 02/07/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines — As Valentine’s day draws near, a local health official is reminding the public to “love responsibly” and use protection to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Maria Chona Medina-Loma, the STD/HIV/AIDS Program Coordinator of…

PhilHealth assures PLHIV of health insurance coverage

PR 12/01/2022

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) offers a means for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) to have financial access to effective health care by covering outpatient HIV/AIDS treatment. PhilHealth initially came up with the Outpatient…

Rise of HIV cases in Cebu City worries city dad

Wenilyn B. Sabalo 11/25/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Councilor Rey Gealon has expressed concern over the increasing number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the city. Quoting a national report, Gealon said that Central Visayas has 8,407 newly…

DOH warns couples vs HIV as Valentine’s Day nears

Tina G. Santos 02/12/2022

The Department of Health (DOH) reminded couples celebrating Valentine’s Day this year to be on guard not only against COVID-19 but also against other diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). “Protect yourself. There are other illnesses…

HIV surge to 100,000 cases feared amid COVID pandemic

Cristina Eloisa Baclig - Content Researcher Writer 02/08/2022

MANILA, Philippines—The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting services and treatments for other diseases, like the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is projected to rise as a result, both directly and indirectly, of restrictions brought by the pandemic. According…

Ex-convict arrested with P272K worth of shabu; back in jail

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 08/28/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines –Raymond Rosales, 29, was released from the Cebu City Jail in January 2021 after spending more than two years in detention for an illegal drugs case. But after enjoying seven months of freedom, he…

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