New HIV cases in the country reaches 844 in January — HARP

MANILA, Philippines — The number of human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) cases has already reached 844 according to the report of the HIV / AIDS and Art Registry of the Philippines or HARP.

This is five percent higher than the 804 cases recorded in the same period in 2016.

The said number is the highest ever recorded since 1984.

According to data, 89 percent of the cases are asymptomatic or showing no symptoms. The youngest to have contracted HIV is 3 years old while the oldest is 66 years old.

The National Capital Region has the highest number of cases with 307, followed by Regions 4A, 7, and 11.

Eight hundred twenty-six (826) of the new cases got infected the through intercourse;16 due to needle sharing with drug users; 2 contracted the virus through their mother; while the remaining 5 percent got infected due to MSM or men having sex with men.

Sixty-five (65) of the infected were Filipino overseas workers, and 58 of them are men.

Department of Health Undersecretary Gerardo Hayugo said, “Sa ngayon ang ating figures, 96% na sa lalake at 4% na lang sa babae. Ang isang sa pinaka-common na dahilan para ito ay mahawahan, yung by MSM, men having sex with men, so ito ay nakikita natin na mas common among the younger age group.”

Our figures show now that 96% are male, while 4% are female. The common mode of transmission is the MSM or men having sex with men. We saw that this more common among the younger age group.

Since 2011, 158 pregnant women tested positive for HIV, and in January this year that number has dropped to nine (9).

Since HIV was first reported in the country in 1984, the number of infected has reached 40,466 whereas 2,000 of that number have already died, including the 33 HIV patients who died just this January. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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