509 new cases of HIV/AIDS, 2 cases teens below 15 years old – DOH

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MANILA, Philippines – Based on the statistics released by the Department of Health-National Epidemiology Center (DOH-NEC), there’s a total of 509 new cases of HIV/AIDS in the country for the month of August.

The percentage is higher than the recorded 382 cases for the same month last year. Out of these 509 news cases, 146 are aged 15 to 24 while 2 cases are teens aged below 15 years old. 42 of these cases have already progressed into AIDS at the time of reporting.

473 of these individuals got the disease by having s*x with an individual infected with the virus. 37 had admitted that they got theirs by needle sharing with other injecting drug addicts. Mother-to-child transmission rates is not that high and remains negligible with a total of 2 cases. Sexual contact between males holds 87% percent of the new HIV cases and is the predominant type of sexual transmission of the virus.

Since January of this year, there’s already a total of 3908 known HIV cases ; 351 of which had already developed to full-blown AIDS and 113 had already died.

As registered in the Philippines HIV/AIDS Registry Report, these additional 509 cases bring the total number of people in the Philippines with an ongoing battle with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to 20, 424 since the first HIV case was reported in the country 30 years ago. Out of this total number of individuals, 1052 have already p*********y.

As published in Interaksyon, there have been a significant increase in d***h toll during the past years.

In the past, from 1984-2010, the number of deaths ranges only from 2-36. However, on 2011, there were 68 deaths and 176 in 2012.

The consistent upward trend both in the number of deaths and the number of new cases are both alarming indeed. Thus, the Department of Health is continuously educating the public regarding HIV/AIDS and what they can do to stop the spread of infection.

The Philippine government is providing free access to anti-retroviral drugs to the infected individuals, but this is not a permanent cure. This medication only slows down the progression and spread of the infection. The PhilHealth allots P30,000 per year for its PLWHA (persons living with HIV and AIDS) members to cover their diagnostic exams, medications and other hospital needs.