MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) lauded on Thursday the passage of the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018 as a response to the “growing (number of) cases” in the country. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the measure on Dec. 20, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENTThe law replaced the 20-year-old Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act, which sought to address the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). ADVERTISEMENTA minor may also agree to HIV testing when the parents or legal guardian cannot be located or refused to give consent. In this case, consent would be obtained from a licensed social worker or health worker.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer January 10, 2019 01:30 UTC