3 pregnant women tested HIV-positive
THE Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC) in Davao City reported three pregnant women tested Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-positive from 2016 to 2017.
Data obtained from the RHWC-Davao revealed that out of the three pregnant women with HIV, two underwent the Anti-Retro Viral Therapy (ART), while the other has given birth.
After the said mother has given birth, the baby was then given prevented ART, while zero babies tested for the virus.
Only 65 percent of the 2,080 HIV-Aids cases since 1984 underwent HIV treatment, and 110 died regardless of the ART status. In 2017, 81 people only started the ART treatment out of the 217 individuals diagnosed at the center.
Save the Children of the Philippines psych-implementation officer Eddie Batoon said that RHWC, with other agencies here, is continuously doing its best to prevent and/or curb HIV-Aids (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
RHWC-Davao head Dr. Jordana Ramiterre earlier encouraged those who have been engaged to risky sexual behaviors to have themselves tested at the centers here. She added that there are 13 testing centers in Davao City.
She also assured that the free HIV-Aids testing is confidential. She said this can only be done at authorized centers and through outreach-based and barangay-based.