The Philippines is among the few countries of the world that state about increased rates of HIV diagnoses. According to the Philippines Department of Health (DOH), 95% of new HIV diagnoses had been recorded since 2016. And the most important is that the age of HIV victims is getting younger, rating between 15 and 34 years. The DOH said the biggest part of the new cases were men who have sex with men. The remaining diagnoses were from sexual contact, injecting drug use and from mother to child transmission.
That is why the Philippines Department of Health decided to implement a PrEP trial for people at high risk of acquiring HIV. For the note, PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis is the preemptive use of drugs to prevent HIV disease in people who have not yet been exposed to the disease-causing agent. Open to gay men and transgender women, the two year trial will give the HIV-preventative treatment PrEP to 200 people. Danvic Rosadino from Love Yourself LGBT organization told that 600 people had already applied to be on the trial program. Currently, 30 people have cleared the screening tests for the hopeful trial.