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Phl to intensify public awareness on HIV/AIDS

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - The government vowed today to step up its information campaign to raise the public awareness about HIV/AIDS amid the rising number of infections in the country.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte made the statement as the country joined the world in the observance of the World AIDS Day on Saturday.

"In the observance of World AIDS Day, what is important is information ... we are already in the information age," she said in an interview with government-run radio station.

"The most important thing is enough and right information on how to avoid being infected by this kind of illness and the DOH ( Department of Health) is there to give all the information," she noted.

Latest DOH report showed that the total number of HIV cases in the Philippines has increased to 11,125 since 1984; in the year of 2012 alone, there have been 2,716 new cases as of October.

Health experts were alarmed by the rising number of HIV infections in the Philippines, describing it as "fast and furious". They urged the government to address the country's HIV epidemic.

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In 1988, the World Health Organization established the World AIDS Day to fight the spread of the disease which was first found in the early 1980s.  

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