Who are these women in the Philippines?

What’s New:  The new edition of the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) list of countries with the highest incidence of HIV infection in 2016 shows that in addition to the Philippines, seven countries have a higher rate of new HIV infections per capita than the average.

The Philippines has the highest rate of HIV infections, at 14.2 per 100,000, followed by Thailand at 11.9, Cambodia at 10.6, Sri Lanka at 10, and Myanmar at 9.7. 

The Philippines, which has one of the world’s highest HIV rates, ranks as the fourth-highest in the world among all the nations with at least 500,000 people living with HIV, behind Japan (1.8), South Korea (1), and Canada (1).

The WHO list was released on March 28, 2017, a day after the Philippines government announced a massive HIV prevention program to tackle the pandemic.

The Philippines has an estimated 2.8 million people living as HIV-positive and nearly 1.2 million people infected with HIV.