The UN Development Programme said on Tuesday it will help the Philippines fight rising HIV infections, which reached record monthly levels for the country this year.
“All the main ingredients for an epidemic are present in the country. First, HIV transmission through unprotected sex accounts for 89 per cent of reported cases,” the agency said in a statement.
Condom use among the most at-risk, including homosexual men, female sex workers and their male clients, remained below 90 per cent, it added.
Manila and the UNDP are on Thursday to launch a three-year programme on “mitigating the negative impacts of HIV and AIDS on human development,” the organisation said.
A record 89 new HIV cases were registered in May, bringing the total for 2009 to 322.