Manila Bulletin

HIV/AIDS cases ris­ing in Caraga re­gion – DOH

- By MIKE U. CRISMUNDO Health · Medical Activism · AIDS Activism · STDs · Medicine · HIV/AIDS · Immune Disorders · Health Conditions · New Doha International Airport · Surigao City · Agusan del Sur · Manila

BUTUAN CITY – Health of­fi­cials in the Caraga re­gion sounded the alarm anew on the ris­ing num­ber of Hu­man Im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency Virus-Ac­quired Im­mune De­fi­ciency Syn­drome (HIV/AIDS) cases in the re­gion.

The Depart­ment of Health (DOH)–Caraga of­fice said the big­gest prob­lem area in the re­gion is Agu­san del Norte, where in­di­vid­u­als as young as 15 and as old as 50 years old and above have tested pos­i­tive for the dreaded dis­ease.

DOH-Caraga Re­gional Epi­demi­ol­ogy and Sur­veil­lance Unit said the num­ber of HIV/AIDS cases in the re­gion has risen to 10 in July this year.

A to­tal of 55 new HIV/AIDS cases were re­ported in the re­gion from Jan­uary to July 2015.

Five new cases have been recorded in Agu­san del Norte in July this year while three new cases were recorded in Suri­gao del Norte, one in Agu­san del Sur and one in Suri­gao del Sur.

Ma­jor­ity or 90 per­cent of HIV/AIDS pa­tients are males. Fifty per­cent of the pa­tients are in the 15-24 age group.

One HIV/AIDS–re­lated death was re­ported last July, DOH–Caraga of­fi­cials dis­closed.

DOH Re­gional As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor Dr. Ce­sar C. Cas­sion warned sex­u­ally ac­tive in­di­vid­u­als to re­frain from hav­ing mul­ti­ple sex­ual part­ners, one of the pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures against HIV/AIDS in­fec­tion.

“Ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially sex­u­ally ac­tive in­di­vid­u­als must take ex­tra pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to pre­vent get­ting in­fected by this dreaded dis­ease,” Cas­sion told the Manila Bul­letin.

He added that those in­fected with HIV AIDS are now re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at var­i­ous hos­pi­tals in undis­closed places in the re­gion.

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