Male sex workers behind rise of HIV-AIDS in Caloocan

By , on April 16, 2015


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MANILA — A local health officer confirmed the Department of Health (DOH) report noting how young male sex workers having sex with men (MSM) have contributed largely in the high prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus or HIV, which causes the acquired immune deficiency syndrome or AIDS, in Caloocan City.

In a Philippine Daily Inquirer report, Patrick Allan Pangilinan, one of the city’s site implementation officers (SIO) for sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and control program under the Global Fund, said that male sex workers can be found anywhere in their Caloocan.

“They’re “everywhere” in the city, he said.

He added that gays they have counseled and tested for HIV admitted that they had sex with young men mostly 16 to 18 years old.

The gays added that those young men offer sex in order for them to be able to sustain their basic needs.

He added that most of them do their transaction online through gay community websites including Planet Romeo, Grinder, and Manjam.

Last week DOH reported that Caloocan City has the most “problematic” case because of the presence of these sex workers.

Meanwhile, cities with high prevalence rate of HIV cases other than Caloocan includes Quezon City, Manila, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.