New HIV cases nears 400 in November

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

THE Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday that almost 400 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) nationwide have been recorded in the month of November.

Based on the November 2013 Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry Report, 384 new cases were reported in the whole of last month.

“This is 35 percent higher compared to the same period last year, which was 284,” said the DOH report.

From the 384 new cases, 35 have already progressed into full-blown AIDS cases, said the report submitted by the National Epidemiology Center (NEC).

Meanwhile, a total of three people with HIV have already died last November, with all found to be males.

A total of 379 cases (98.7 percent) of the new cases were acquired through sexual transmission, mostly from the men-having-sex-with-men (MSM) population, which accounted for 315 cases or 83 percent.

Homosexual contact was responsible for 188 cases (50 percent); followed by bisexual contact with 127 cases (34 percent); and 64 cases (17 percent) from heterosexual contact.

Injecting drug use meanwhile accounted for five new cases, said the report.

Thirty-three new cases among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), meanwhile, have been reported with all coming from sexual transmission.

Heterosexual contact was on top among OFWs with 14 cases (42 percent) while homosexual contact had 11 cases (33 percent), and bisexual contact tallied eight cases (24 percent).

From January to November of this year, a total of 4,456 HIV cases have been reported in the country with 307 already turning into full-blown AIDS cases while 153 have already died.

And since 1984, there are 16,158 new HIV cases have already been recorded by the DOH with 1,476 progressing already into AIDS cases while those who have died is already at 861. (HDT/Sunnex)

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