Philippines among 8 countries with most HIV cases

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MANILA, Philippines – Dr. Eric Tayag, chief of the
Department of Health (DOH) National Epidemiology Center, said the number
of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases reported daily shoot up to
16 cases from only 12 cases in 2013.

Philippine National AIDS Council
notes that because of the ongoing escalation of  number of people
getting infected with HIV, the Philippines is one of the eight countries
with most cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases. According
to DOH,  HIV cases are projected to hit 32,379 by the end of the year.

For the month of June alone, DOH reported 494 new  HIV cases- the
highest number in a month since the first case was reported in 1984. 
About 84 percent of the new HIV cases were from the National Capital
Region, followed by Calabarzon, Central Visayas, Central Luzon and
Davao.

Four-hundred-fifty-nine of the new cases were acquired through
casual, unprotected sexual contact; the rest are through needle-sharing
among injecting drug users.

It was also identified that men having sex with men is the leading sector for the transmission of disease.

According to DOH data, a staggering number of 66 people died from the
disease this year; 63 were males and eight deaths from the total number
were for the month of June alone.

A  total of 19,330 HIV cases were reported since the government
started monitoring them in 1984. Of the 19,330,  2,956 were OFWs.

Meanwhile, DOH is planning programs and solutions to minimize the
spread of HIV infection. The assistant secretary said that they have
composed a list of 75 priority areas nationwide to which the HIV
intervention will be of priority. There is also a P308-million budget to
alleviate HIV cases, P11 million of which will be used to purchase
condoms, for 2015.

 | philstar.com

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