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Human Rights Watch
The Philippines Unprotected: Sex, Condoms and the Human Right to Health
Vol. 16, No. 6 (C)
Human Rights Watch, © May 2004, 70 pp

Reproduced with the kind permission of Human Rights Watch.


"The Philippines faces a possible explosion of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), yet its government actively impedes measures that would prevent this incurable and deadly disease. It does so chiefly by impeding access to condoms -the single most effective technology against sexual transmission of HIV, and the cornerstone of HIV prevention efforts since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Latex condoms provide an essentially impermeable barrier to HIV pathogens. When used correctly and consistently, they reduce HIV risk to almost zero and have the potential to slow the epidemic spread of AIDS. Programs that include condoms as part of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS response, as opposed to those that promote only sexual abstinence or fidelity, have proven most successful at reducing sexual transmission of HIV and other viruses. In violation of the internationally recognized human right to health, however, the Philippines both interferes with the delivery of effective HIV prevention programs and invests in public health strategies that discourage condom use."

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