More than 2 million people a year worldwide become infected with HIV. If untreated, it develops into AIDS, which leaves the body vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses. Nowadays in many parts of the world, drugs can keep the virus in check.
The International AIDS Conference has warned that advances in fighting the spread of the HIV virus must not be undermined. Stigmatizing those who have contracted the virus is dangerous and wrong, says Astrid Prange.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has said he wants people to be able to buy a test they can use at home to check for the immune-deficiency virus HIV. The proposal has been welcomed by a major German AIDS charity.
A more aggressive and possibly drug-resistant HIV subtype may be behind skyrocketing HIV infection rates in the Philippines. Epidemiologist Edsel Salvana tells DW that the strain is threatening to spark a new epidemic.
From 2010 to 2016, HIV infections in the Philippines increased by 140 percent — the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the region. DW talks to Louie Ocampo of the UNAIDS about the HIV problem in the Southeast Asian country.
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