May 2018 Let’s Hear From a Colleague

Updates on Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Philippines

Vista, Emmerson Gale, MD, FPDS, DPSV

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a public health problem worldwide. Hence in 2011, the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) started to take the initiative to document STI cases in all its institutions.
One major barrier to STI prevention and control is the stigma associated with STIs. STI counselling in primary care can help encourage patients to undergo STI testing, treatment and partner referral. HIV
In 2017, the Philippines has registered the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific.