DOH records al­most 1,000 cases of HIV in Septem­ber

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By MAYEN JAYMALIN

Close to a thou­sand new cases of HIV (hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus) in­fec­tion has been recorded in the coun­try for the month of Septem­ber, the De­part­ment of Health (DOH) said over the week­end.

Data from the DOH’s HIV/AIDS Registry of the Philip­pines showed a to­tal of 954 new HIV cases, in­clud­ing 24 deaths, in Septem­ber.

Health of­fi­cials said the fig­ure is slightly higher than the 938 new cases posted dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

The new cases brought to 8,533 the to­tal num­ber of new HIV in­fec­tions, in­clud­ing 1,520 AIDS (ac­quired im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency de­fi­ciency syn­drome) cases in the first nine months of the year, wherein 459 deaths were recorded.

Of the to­tal cases in Septem­ber, 179 or 19 per­cent had clin­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tions of be­ing ad­vanced HIV in­fec­tions or AIDS.

Sex­ual con­tact re­mains the pre­dom­i­nant mode of trans­mis­sion with 936 or 98 per­cent, the DOH said.

A ma­jor­ity or 85 per­cent of the new HIV cases are males who en­gaged in sex with males (MSM).

Male-to-male sex ac­counted for 563 cases, fol­lowed by 237 who had sex with both male and fe­male and 136 who en­gaged in male-to-fe­male sex.

Nee­dle shar­ing among in­ject­ing drug users ac­counted for nine cases.

Four cases of mother-to-child trans­mis­sion were re­ported while an­other five cases had no data on the mode of trans­mis­sion.

Twenty-eight per­cent or 266 of the pa­tients came from the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR), 141 Cal­abar­zon (Cavite, La­guna, Batan­gas, Rizal and Que­zon) and 104 from Cen­tral Lu­zon.

Among those di­ag­nosed with HIV in Septem­ber were 83 over­seas Filipino work­ers (OFWs). Ex­cept for one, all OFWs got the in­fec­tion through sex­ual con­tact.

The DOH recorded a to­tal of 59,135 HIV cases, 6,588 of which are full-blown AIDS, and 2,917 deaths since 1984.

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