Philippine Daily Inquirer (10.22.11) - Tuesday, October 25,
Many young Filipinos use the Internet to arrange sexual
encounters, a practice that could also fuel the spread of HIV,
according to an AIDS Society of the Philippines (ASP) study
presented Oct. 21 at the society's general science meeting in
Quezon City. The study was based on interviews with 650 young
workers in Manila and 330 in Laguna in 2009, and 10 focus
groups and 15 interviews conducted last year.
At least 47 percent of the 334 male respondents in Manila said
they used text-messaging to arrange sexual encounters, while
39 percent chose online chat rooms. Just 14.6 percent of the
316 females from Manila said they used chat rooms to initiate
a meet-up; 25 percent said they arranged meetings using their
Altogether, from two to five out of 10 Filipinos ages 18-29
used text-messaging and chat rooms to meet potential sex
partners. At least 29 percent of non-LGBT respondents from
Manila used text-messaging for this purpose, and 17.6 percent
went to chat rooms. However, 52 percent of the 214 LGBT
respondents said they used text-messaging, and 48 percent used
chat rooms, to arrange sexual encounters.
From January to August of this year, the Department of Health
has recorded 1,350 new HIV cases and 66 AIDS cases. Of these
patients, 97 percent acquired the infection sexually, and most
were men who have sex with men.