Manila, Philippines). Miss Universe 2015 and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is now taking bold action on advocacy for HIV. On 9 August, the model and actress followed through on a promise she delivered when she launched her ambassadorship and conducted a public HIV test for the first time in the Philippines. She also unveiled her Project Progressive Information Awareness campaign–simply dubbed as the PIA Project, which aims to inform young people about HIV and help end the AIDS epidemic, not only in the Philippines, but in the Asia-Pacific region.

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UNAIDS report indicates new HIV infections in the Philippines have doubled in the past 6 years

The Philippines now has the fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific

MANILA, 1 August 2017—A UNAIDS Report on the global HIV epidemic states that the number of new infections in the Philippines has more than doubled in the past six (6) years from an estimated 4,300 in 2010 to an estimated 10,500 in 2016 (140% increase).  The Philippines has become the country with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific, and has become one of eight countries that account for more than 90% of new HIV infections in the region.   Read More

PHNOM PENH, 25 July 2017—UNAIDS congratulates Cambodia for achieving the 90-90-90 targets, which are  key global commitments on HIV testing and treatment, three years ahead of schedule. The Minister of Health of Cambodia, H.E. Dr. Mam Bunheng participated in the 90-90-90 Targets Workshop from 22-23 July in Paris, France. During the conference Cambodia’s achievements were showcased.

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PORT MORESBY, 20 July 2017—A new UNAIDS report on the global HIV epidemic finds new HIV infections in Papua New Guinea have increased by 4% between 2014 and 2016. At the same time the country has experienced a significant improvement in its HIV treatment coverage with 52% of all people living with HIV accessing life-saving antiretroviral medicine.

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YANGON, 20 July 2017—A UNAIDS report on the global HIV epidemic finds AIDS-related deaths in Myanmar have dropped by 52% in the past 6 years which is the steepest decline in Asia and the Pacific. Since 2010, annual new HIV infections have also fallen by 26%. This is double the regional average of 13%. The new report Ending AIDS: Progress towards the 90-90-90 targets was launched at an event in Paris, France on 20 July.

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PHNOM PENH, 20 July 2017—A new UNAIDS report on the global HIV epidemic finds     57 000 of people living with HIV are accessing antiretroviral therapy in Cambodia, which is 80% of all people estimated to be living with HIV. This is more people than ever before and the highest HIV treatment coverage for Asia and the Pacific. It is a huge achievement for a country, which had one of the fastest-growing AIDS epidemics in the region 20 years ago. The new report Ending AIDS: progress towards the 90-90-90 targets was launched at an event in Paris, France on 20 July.

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Health ministers from the BRICS countries (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) have agreed to strengthen their surveillance capacity and health-care services to respond to infectious diseases, such HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. They adopted a joint communiqué during the opening ceremony of the BRICS high-level meeting on traditional medicine, which is being held in Tianjin, China, on 6 and 7 July.

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Equal Eyes on Asia and the Pacific: July

Equal Eyes on Asia is a new round-up of the latest news on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues in Asia.

From the UN: The UN Human Rights Committee declared that Australian legislation that prevents married trans people from changing their birth certificates to match their gender identity is in violation of international human rights law. Australian officials contend that gender changes could result in same-sex marriages, currently illegal in the country.

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