Officials from the Department of Health, has reported that the number of new HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) cases that have been registered is at an all time high. Recent statistics shows alarming rate of increase in new infections.

There is about 12 new HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) cases registered daily with an over a thousand new infections registered in the first three months. And last March 2013 alone, the DOH health officials said that there were 370 new human immunodeficiency virus that have been reported, which is an 18 percent rise from the 313 cases recorded in March 2012.

According to DOH Assistant Health Secretary Enrique Tayag, the new cases recorded in March consist of 96 percent males, 85% of which were males having sex with other males.

Based on the health records, the youngest recorded patient was 15 years old, while the oldest was 63. Majority of the patients belong to the 20-29 year-old age group which comprises 49% of the total cases. In March, however, the youth group aged 15 to 24 years old accounted for 98 of the cases recorded in March.

Infection in 11 of the cases recorded in March have already progressed to full-blown Acute Immunodeficiency Syndrome by the time of reporting.

Bulk of the new HIV cases were from Metro Manila (55 percent), Calabarzon (14 percent), Central Visayas (7 percent), Central Luzon (6 percent) and Davao Region (5 percent).

Sexual contact was the major cause of transmission with almost all of the new cases in March were obtained through unprotected sexual intercourse. Only six (6) cases were contracted through intravenous (IV) drug use with shared needles.

Bulk of the new HIV cases were from Metro Manila (55 percent), Calabarzon (14 percent), Central Visayas (7 percent), Central Luzon (6 percent) and Davao Region (5 percent).

Eleven (11) out of 370 cases in March have already progressed to full-blown Acute Immunodeficiency Sydrome or AIDS as of press time.


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