The dire sexual health crisis among MSM in the Philippines: An exploding HIV epidemic in the absence of essential health services

Allen G.P. Ross, Rossana A. Ditangco, Jose G. Belimac, Remigio M. Olveda, Edelwisa S. Mercado, Thao N P Chau, Suzanne M. Crowe

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The rate of HIV is exploding in the men who have sex with men (MSM) population in the Philippines. There is a paucity of information with respect to sexual behaviour, condom use, psychological health, and the prevalence of other STIs in the MSM subpopulation. At present there are no existing private or public clinical services in the country that focus on health services of MSM. We discuss the current epidemic situation and the steps needed to further define the rapidly evolving epidemic among MSM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e6-e8
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Epidemic
  • Health services
  • HIV
  • MSM
  • Philippines

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