Philippines: HIV cases balloon but discriminated workers seldom seek redress

THE number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the Philippines has ballooned to almost 50,000 in over a decade, yet most workers afflicted with HIV who suffer discrimination in the workplace do not seek redress because of shame and the weak implementation of the law on such matters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Friday. HRW Philippine researcher Carlos Conde said the Philippines now owned the distinction as having the fastest-growing HIV infection rate in Asia Pacific that the government must not turn a blind eye to. “The Philippines faces a double whammy of increasing HIV infection and fears by workers with HIV that they can’t seek justice if they are discriminated against on the job,” Conde said in a statement. “The government needs to ensure that people living with HIV get better protection in their jobs and that the public gets more and better information on HIV.” SEE ALSO: HIV...


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