Condoms usage has to be promoted in the Philippines

Official in the Philippines need to promote the use of condoms as a means of reducing the spread of HIV in the country.

This is according to Teresita Marie Bagasao, country coordinator of the body's programme on HIV and Aids.

She told the Inquirer that "re-energised action" is required if the Millennium Development Goal set out by the UN of cutting HIV infection rates by 50 per cent is to be met.

One of the options open to the government is looking at ways of encouraging condom use for those who are having sex with multiple partners.

Without proper measures, Ms Bagasao noted there could be some 10,000 new cases on HIV every year, costing the Department of Health 300 million Philippine Pesos (£4.3 million) over a 12-month period.

According to the Sun Star, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte wants to make it easier for people in the area to access the prophylactic.