427 new HIV cases found in September-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
THE Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported that over 400 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) nationwide have been recorded in the month of September.
Based on the September 2013 Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry Report, 427 new cases were reported in the whole of last month.
"This is 35 percent higher compared to the same period last year, which was 316," said the DOH report.
From the 427 new cases, 41 have already progressed into full-blown acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases, said the report submitted by the National Epidemiology Center (NEC).
Meanwhile, a total of 14 people with HIV have already died last September, with all found to be males.
More than nine out of every 10 new cases were acquired through sexual transmission, mostly from the men-having-sex-with-men (MSM) population.
Homosexual contact was responsible for 234 cases (57 percent); followed by bisexual contact with 113 cases (27 percent); and 66 cases (16 percent) from heterosexual contact.
Injecting drug use meanwhile accounted for 14 new cases, said the report.
Forty-one new cases among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), meanwhile, have been reported with all coming from sexual transmission.
Homosexual contact was on top among OFWs with 15 cases (37 percent) while heterosexual contact had 14 cases (34 percent), and bisexual contact each tallied 12 cases (29 percent).
In the first nine months of the year, a total of 3,581 HIV cases have been reported in the country with 234 already turning into full-blown AIDS cases while 139 have already died.
And since 1984, 15,283 new HIV cases have already been recorded by the DOH with 1,403 progressing already into AIDS cases while those who have died is already at 847. (HDT/Sunnex)