February 25, 2018, 3:41 am
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HIV cases soar past 11,000 in 2017

CASES of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continue to rise as the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 11,103 in 2017, the HIV/AIDS Registry of the Philippines (HARP) report revealed.

The number is higher that the 9,264 new HIV cases reported in 2016; 7,831 in 2015; 6,011 in 2014; 4,814 in 2013; and 3,338 in 2012.

“Eighty-four percent (42,360) of all the 50,725 diagnosed cases in the Philippines were reported from January 2012 to December 2017,” said the HARP report.

In December 2017 alone, 992 HIV cases reported nationwide.

These include the 138 that progressed into full-blown AIDS, as well as 69 deaths.

Of the new cases in December, the most common mode of transmission remains to be sexual contact with 962 cases.

A total of 604 acquired HIV through homosexual contact, 237 through bisexual contact, and 121 through heterosexual contact.

Another 24 cases of HIV were acquired via injecting drug use, while two cases were mother-to-child.

The report also showed that 59 overseas Filipino workers were reported to have acquired HIV in December 2017, all of which were infected through sexual contact.

On the other hand, the regions with the most number of reported cases were:

National Capital Region, 351 cases; Calabarzon, 147 cases; Central Luzon, 106  cases; Central Visayas, 74 cases; Western Visayas, 66 cases; and Davao Region, 41 cases.

Since January 1984, there have already been 50,725 recorded HIV cases, including 5,080 AIDS cases, and 2,466 deaths.
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