13 Y.O. HAS HIV

The Davao City Aids Coun­cil (DCAC) said more and more young peo­ple are hav­ing sex.

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - BY LYKA AMETHYST H. CASAMAYOR / Re­porter

A 13-year old was recorded this year to be the youngest per­son in Davao City to have con­tracted the hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus (HIV) through sex­ual trans­mis­sion.

No fur­ther de­tails were divulged by the Davao City Aids Coun­cil (DCAC) due to con­fi­den­tial­ity.

Data from the DCAC showed that from Jan­uary 1984 to July 2018 there have been at least seven mi­nors recorded to be in­fected with HIV.

“We have to note that our young peo­ple are very much ex­posed now with the so­cial me­dia... nag-change na talaga ang pana­hon,” Pri­cilla Senoc, DCAC Sec­re­tariat, said yes­ter­day, Novem­ber 8, 2018, dur­ing the Is­peak me­dia fo­rum.

She added that as early as 13 years old, some are al­ready hav­ing sex and it has be­come an alarm­ing trend among the youth. This is one fac­tor of HIV trans­mis­sion at a young age.

“Kahit na anong age group mo, dahil ang num­ber one trans­mis­sion in HIV is sex, yun parin. Kahit na 50 years old, pwede ka pa rin [magka-HIV],” Senoc said.

In the city alone, there have been a to­tal of 2,525 HIV re­ported cases of which 132 are fe­males and 2,393 are males.

The pres­i­dent of Olym­pus Davao, Os­car Obenza, said the higher num­ber of HIV cases in males may be caused by the mis­con­cep­tion that the in­fec­tion came from gay men. There are prob­a­bly more gay men who go to the clinic for HIV test­ing, thus the fig­ure.

“Na­ga­pa­bata ng na­ga­pa­bata na gyud (Those in­fected with HIV are get­ting younger and younger through time),” Obenza said.

Senoc, how­ever, em­pha­sized that HIV could be trans­mit­ted to any­one, re­gard­less of age or gen­der, through blood, sex­ual con­tact, shar­ing of nee­dles, mother to child trans­mis­sion, among oth­ers.

The DCAC also re­ported that there have been over a hun­dred deaths due to HIV/Aids. DCAC re­ported 118 deaths but the Re­por­duc­tive Health and Well­ness Cen­ter (RHWC) recorded a much higher num­ber of 125 deaths.

RHWC head doc­tor Jor­dana Ramiterre pointed out that there could be more as some death cer­tifi­cates do not show that the pa­tient died of HIV/Aids.

The global com­mem­o­ra­tion of World Aids Day (WAD) will be on De­cem­ber 1; how­ever, the city will com­mem­o­rate it start­ing De­cem­ber 4 fol­lowed by si­mul­ta­ne­ous ac­tiv­i­ties that would help with the aware­ness on HIV.

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