23 HIV-AIDS cases re­ported in Ne­gor in 4 months

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DUMAGUETE CITY — Health au­thor­i­ties here have dis­closed that a to­tal of 23 HIV-AIDS (Hu­man Im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency Virus–ac­quired Im­mune De­fi­ciency Syn­drome) cases were re­ported in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal from Jan­uary 1 to April this year.

Dr. Socrates Vil­lamor, chief of the Depart­ment of Health (DOH) - Ne­gros Ori­en­tal, said dur­ing the Kapi­han sa PIA fo­rum on Fri­day that these cases were not just in the cap­i­tal city of Dumaguete but else­where in the prov­ince as well.

He, how­ever, did not give ad­di­tional de­tails for con­fi­den­tial­ity rea­sons.

Dr. Ma. Sarah Tala, Dumaguete City Health Of­fi­cer, also said that to date, their records show 54 cases of HIV-AIDS in Dumaguete City as of 2018 as they have not yet re­ceived up­dated re­ports for this year.

Since the start of the data­base re­port­ing of HIVAIDS cases from 1984 to April 2019, a to­tal of 203 cases were re­ported in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal, Vil­lamor added.

He, how­ever, ac­knowl­edged that they can­not keep track of the ex­act num­ber of cases in the prov­ince be­cause the test re­sults are re­leased back to the fa­cil­ity where the con­fir­ma­tory test was made. “So we need to get our data from the na­tional (DOH) of­fice,” he said.

In Cen­tral Visayas

(Re­gion 7), a to­tal of 175 deaths from HIV-AIDS were recorded from 1984 to April 2019, Vil­lamor said, adding that of the to­tal, 17 deaths were re­ported in the re­gion from Jan­uary to April this year.

He said that based on re­gional data, the num­ber one mode of HIV-AIDS trans­mis­sion in the re­gion is male hav­ing sex with an­other male (159 cases), fol­lowed by male hav­ing sex with a male or fe­male (75 cases), het­ero­sex­ual sex (39 cases), and in­ject­ing drug use (36 cases).

Most of the cases of in­ject­ing drug use are found in Cebu, he said.

Mean­while, Tala said they part­ner with the Ne­gros Ori­en­tal Pro­vin­cial Hospi­tal (NOPH) for Vol­un­tary Coun­sel­ing and Test­ing for clients as they do not have their own treat­ment hub.

Tala said they do coun­sel­ing at the City Health Of­fice and “we are for­tu­nate that we have the Dumaguete City HIV-AIDS Coun­cil that has al­lo­cated a bud­get for ac­tiv­i­ties,” es­pe­cially for train­ing for part­ners and ed­u­ca­tors for the pre­ven­tion and con­trol of sex­u­ally-trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions and HIVAIDS.

Vil­lamor said that some of the 23 peo­ple liv­ing with HIV-AIDS in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal have availed of the ser­vices of the treat­ment hub at NOPH while oth­ers go to Cebu or Ba­colod CITY./PNA

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