August 2018 HIV cases down – DOH
One thousand forty seven new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection were reported and recorded in August this year, the Department of Health-Epidemiology Bureau bared Friday.
The number is 57 cases fewer compared to the same period last year.
159 HIV-related deaths were reported in August this year.
The DOH added that sexual contact remains the predominant mode of HIV transmission.
"Other modes of transmission include needle sharing among injecting drug users (17 cases), two were pregnant at the time of diagnosis and both are from the National Capital Region," the DOH said.
Metro Manila had the most number of HIV infectioin cases in August this year with 328, followed by Calabarzon (173), Central Luzon (119), Central Visayas (108), and Western Visayas (58).
"The first case of HIV infection in the Philippines was reported in 1984. Since then, there have been 58, 181 confirmed HIV infection cases reported," the health department said.