HIV cases in Western Visayas growing-A A +A
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
THE human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in Western Visayas are increasing with 188 as of February 2012.
Department of Health (DOH)-Western Visayas regional STI coordinator Charity Perea said the recent finding was collaborated by Dr. Ray Celis, HIV Aids (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) Core Team (HACT) of the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC).
The DOH is preparing for the 29th International Aids candlelight memorial on Sunday, which will start at 4:30 p.m. A special mass at the San Jose Church and foot parade from Plaza Libertad to the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand will be held in line with the event.
Perea said 48 persons already died due to the disease, while 188 cases were recorded from 1994 to February 2012.
Perea said there have been 78 persons living with HIV in Iloilo, 65 in Negros Occidental, 24 in Aklan, eight in Capiz, four in Antique and three in Guimaras.
Risky sexual behavior and transmission was pinpointed as the main cause of the increase in HIV cases in the region.
DOH records showed that there nine males to one female contracted with the disease and mostly restless males and young girls having sex with multi-partners.
Celis admitted that the increase in the number of cases is very alarming and advise those with the virus to seek out immediate attention and counseling at the WVMC. (Lydia C. Pendon)