Youngest Aids victim dies-A A +A
Friday, September 13, 2013
A 17-YEAR-OLD girl was reported to be the youngest person who died to the deadly Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) in Davao City.
The city's Reproductive Health and Welfare Center (RHWC) head Dr. Jordana Ramittere said the girl died but she refused to elaborate more details to protect the identity of the victim.
Ramittere said the girl was inflicted with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) when she was 15.
"She got it from her boyfriend of three months," Ramiterre said, adding that the girl's first sexual experience was the only time she had sex with her boyfriend.
She said the HIV developed into Aids when she turned 17.
"Very short maybe because she looked malnourished and late din ang access ng services," Ramiterre said during the consultative workshop developing a partnership strategy for HIV-Aids in Davao City at Lispher Inn Thursday.
Out of 14,474 persons inflicted with Aids in the country, 650 are from Davao City.
She said Aids victims are getting younger, most of whom are men having sex with other men, whose ages range from 15 to 24.
Ramiterre said the youngest client she had at RHWC inflicted with HIV, so far, is aged 17.
"Naka apat or limang 17 years old na po ako," she said.
Based on the data of RHWC from January to June this year, 88 out of 1,011 or 8.70 percent clients have tested positive with HIV.
The data showed that there were 20 in January, 10 in February, 13 in March, 17 in April, 12 in May, and 16 in June.
She said the increase of HIV cases in Davao City is caused by risky behavior, which includes unprotected anal sex (70 percent), unprotected sex with paid partners (78 percent), unprotected sex with multiple sex partners (average of 15 partners per year).
"It's not just a health issue. It involves all issues," Ramiterre said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 13, 2013.