448 new HIV cases reported in January

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

OVER 400 new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases were recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) last month.

According to the January 2014 Philippine HIV/AIDS Registry Report, the DOH said there were 448 new HIV cases recorded in the first month of 2014.

"This is 18 percent higher compared to the same period last year, which was 380," said the DOH report.

Of the 448 new cases, the DOH noted that 57 have already progressed into full-blown AIDS cases.

A total of seven people with HIV have already died last January, with all found to be males, the report said.

Half or 50 percent of the new cases were found to having come from Metro Manila followed by Calabarzon with 16 percent; Central Luzon with nine percent; and Davao Region with seven percent.

A total of 444 cases (99 percent) of the new cases were acquired through sexual transmission, mostly from the men-having-sex-with-men (MSM) population, which accounted for 376 cases or 85 percent.

Homosexual contact was responsible for 224 cases (50 percent); followed by bisexual contact with 152 cases (34 percent); and 68 cases (15 percent) from heterosexual contact.

Injecting drug use, on the other hand, accounted for four new cases, said the report.

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), meanwhile, accounted for 49 new cases with all coming from sexual transmission.

Heterosexual contact was on top among OFWs with 21 cases (43 percent) while homosexual contact had 19 cases (39 percent), and bisexual contact tallied nine cases (18 percent).

Records going back to 1984 show that there are already 16,964 new HIV cases have already been recorded by the DOH with 1,563 progressing already into AIDS cases while those who have died is already at 938. (HDT/Sunnex)

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