It is not the injectable drugs but the sharing of needles, which opens the risk of transmission of fluids, greatly exposing the risk of contracting the virus .Several factors put the Philippines in danger of a broader HIV/AIDS epidemic.In 2002, just 6 percent of sex workers interviewed said they used condoms in the last week.
Recent data show that the surge is not caused by transmission through sexual intercourse but through an increase of people injecting drugs.
As of April 2015, the Department of Health (DOH) AIDS Registry in the Philippines reported 24,936 cumulative cases.
Since the year 2000, the high-prevalence age group has changed from the 30-39 year old age group being the most affected from years 2000-2004, to the 25-34 age group from years 2005 to 2009, and to 20-29 age group from years 2010-2015.
5% (1,096) of cases was caused by needle sharing among injecting drug users, 0.3% (73) through mother-to-child transmission, Cumulative data shows 24% (5,268) were infected through heterosexual contact, 47% (11,023) through homosexual contact, and 30% (7,000) through bisexual contact.
From 2007 there has been a shift in the predominant trend of sexual transmission from heterosexual contact (20%) to males having sex with other males (80%) From 1984 to 2015, the region with the most number of reported cases were Metro Manila with 11,081 (44%), Region 4A with 3,230 (13%) cases, Central Visayas with 2,260 (9%) cases, Region 3 with 2,025 (8%) cases and Region 11 with 1,460 (6%) cases.
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The threats and effects that AIDS/HIV brings to the population is a severe cause for concern.