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

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. 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…

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The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Facebook TwitterEmail Data & Trends HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges. The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic According to UNAIDS :   There were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2016. Of these, 2.1 million were children (<15 years old). An estimated 1.8 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2016 – about 5,000 new infections per day.  This includes 160,000 children (<15 years). Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and were infected by their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Currently…

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DOH offers HIV testing for pregnant women

By: Julie M. Aurelio Philippine Daily Inquirer January 20, 2018 The Department of Health (DOH) is urging pregnant women in Metro Manila and Cebu City to avail themselves of free human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing at health centers in their communities. Dr. Gerard Belimac, program manager of the DOH’s National HIV-STI Prevention Program, said pregnant women could be tested for HIV as part of their prenatal check-up. He said an HIV test, voluntary under the law, is similar to testing for syphilis or hepatitis. “We won’t force them. But we are not closing doors to them. In their next prenatal…

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