PH has 1,021 new HIV cases recorded in January 2018

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By Analou De Vera
March 20, 2018

The Philippines has 1,021 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that were recorded in the first month of this year, as cited to the recent data released by the Department of Health- Epidemiology Bureau.

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Based on the HIV and AIDS Registry of the Philippines (HARP) report, the said figure is 187 cases higher compared to the same period in 2017, wherein 834 cases were recorded.

An average of 33 people was diagnosed with HIV each day during the month of January, the report said.

Most of the cases reported were male individuals with 96 percent (976 cases). Out of 45 women diagnosed with HIV, “five were pregnant at the time of diagnosis. Two of the women were from NCR (National Capital Region)” while the remaining three women were from Central Luzon, Western Visayas, and Central Visayas.

According to the report, sexual contact remains the predominant mode of transmission with 993 cases (97 percent), while males who have sex with males (MSM) is at 87 percent (885 cases). Injecting drug use has 18 cases while there were two cases of mother to child transmission. Meanwhile, “there were eight cases that had no data on mode of transmission.”

Meanwhile, there were 30 reported deaths from HIV. These death cases were reported to have acquired the infection through sexual contact and 93 percent of them were male individuals.

Majority of the cases were recorded from the NCR with 327 cases; Calabarzon with 168 cases; Central Luzon with 105 cases; Central Visayas with 105 cases; and Western Visayas with 69 cases.

“The first case of HIV infection in the Philippines was reported in 1984. Since then, there have been 51,409 confirmed HIV cases reported to the HARP,” the report stated.

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