ILOILO City has recorded 16 people positive of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV-Aids) from February to June this year.
According to the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) clinic based in Iloilo City, the new positive cases were part of the 124 walk-in clients who sought for HIV-Aids testing.
The FPOP, a non-government organization partner of the Department of Health (DOH), said the clients were males aged 17-33 years old, who are continuously monitored.
Those found positive of HIV-Aids were five students, including two 17 years old, two overseas Filipino workers, one commercial sex worker, and eight working adults.
Robert Figuracion of the FPOP said the results were submitted to the DOH's central office for further validation and will take about a month before the final result is known.
DOH has reported that HIV is attacking Filipinos every 19 hours and the move is to stop its spread to infect other people.
DOH and the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund selected the cities of Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Quezon, and Iloilo in the Philippines as pilot areas for HIV-Aids program to increase youth participation in adolescent and reproductive health programs. (LCP)