106 Pi­noys get HIV from paid sex in March

The Philippine Star - - METRO - – Mayen Jay­ma­lin

At least 106 per­sons were re­ported in­fected with the hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus last March due to paid sex, data from the Depart­ment of Health (DOH) HIV/AIDS Registry showed.

Of the 106 cases, 61 ac­quired HIV af­ter hav­ing sex they paid for. Ex­cept for one, all 61 cases were males.

The DOH also re­ported that 30 peo­ple, in­clud­ing four fe­males, con­tracted HIV af­ter hav­ing sex for which they ac­cepted pay­ment.

Fif­teen of the 106 cases claimed to have en­gaged in both types of trans­ac­tional sex be­fore get­ting di­ag­nosed with HIV.

Ac­cord­ing to the DOH, the new cases recorded in March brought to 355 the to­tal num­ber of HIV cases that were at­trib­uted to trans­ac­tional sex in the first three months of the year.

Since De­cem­ber 2012, the DOH has recorded a to­tal of 4,959 HIV cases ac­quired through paid sex.

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