HIV cases in August up from 2012-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
MANILA -- The number of new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases keeps on growing each month. The latest report of the Department of Health showed that it has increased from last year.
According to the August 2013 Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry Report, there are 382 new HIV cases reported in the said month.
HIV is a type of virus that destroys the immune system. It can be passed through blood to blood or sexual contact. HIV is also the virus responsible for AIDS or acquired immune deficiency syndrome. AIDS, on the other hand, increases the chance of a person to get other infections, including cancer.
“This is 40 percent higher compared to the same period last year, which was 272,” said the DOH report.
Five in every one hundred new cases of HIV progressed into full-blown AIDS cases, said the report submitted by the National Epidemiology Center (NEC).
Meanwhile, a total of 10 people with HIV have already died last August, with nine found to be males.
Most of the new cases were acquired through sexual transmission. The report showed that half of the cases were passed through homosexual contact. About four out of ten cases were transmitted via bisexual contact.
Almost nine out of ten cases come from the men-having-sex-with-men (MSM) population, the report revealed.
Injecting drug use meanwhile accounted for 41 new cases, said the report.
Forty-five new cases among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), meanwhile, have been reported with all coming from sexual transmission.
In the first eight months of the year, a total of 3,154 HIV cases have been reported in the country with 193 already turning into full-blown AIDS cases while 118 have already died.
Since 1984, 14,856 new HIV cases have already been recorded by the DOH with 1,362 progressing already into AIDS cases while those who have died is already at 827. (HDT/SFP/Sunnex)