Archive for April 22nd, 2008

Singapore Parliament Passes Amended HIV Act

The amended version of the Infectious Diseases Bill was passed by members of the Singapore Parliament on April 22, 2008, after being read by Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan for the second time. The amendment now makes it an offense for any HIV-positive person to have sex-regardless of whether he knows of his status-as long as he has reason to believe he has been exposed to the risk of contracting the virus. However, he is not liable if he has informed his partner, who voluntarily agreed to the ris…

Sex Infections Soar Among UK Middle-Aged

Liberal Democrats have cited a large rise in cases of sexually-transmitted infections among middle-aged people and the elderly in the United Kingdom. According to their report, patients with chlamydia and syphilis have risen sharply since 2002.Cases of chlamydia among those aged 45 to 64 went up from 1,276 in 2002 to 1,933-or a 51% rise-in 2006. Meanwhile, chlamydia patients among those aged 65 above went from 59 to 81 (37% rise) during that same period.Meanwhile, cases of gonorrhea among person…

Philippine Government Keeps Conservative Stance on Sex Education Despite Rising HIV Threat

The Philippines has one of the lowest incidents of HIV infections in the world, which the government and Catholic Church attributed to being “a prayerful nation.” However, the number of recently-diagnosed HIV patients in the country has doubled in just over three years. The Health Department projects that HIV patients have risen to 11,168 from about 6,000 in 2002. Despite the alarming data, the Philippine government is still keen on keeping its conservative policy on birth control and HIV preven…