3 preg­nant women tested HIV-pos­i­tive

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP STORIES - (For full story visit www.suns­tar.com.ph/davao/) By Ivy C. Te­jano

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.

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