By Mike U. Crismundo
Butuan City – The regional office of the Department of Health (DOH) in the Caraga region has reported an increase in the number of cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the first quarter of this year.
A disease surveillance report of the DOH in Caraga Region 13 showed that 14 new HIV cases were recorded since January 2016 up to the present. Health officials said the number is 10.5 percent higher compared to year 2015.
DOH-Caraga Region 13 Regional Director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. said 14 new cases were recorded in 2016 up to the present.
A majority of those affected were males while 46 percent were between 25 to 34 years old. The youngest patient is an 18-year-old male while the oldest is 67 years old.
Those affected with HIV/AIDS in Caraga region mostly heterosexuals, bisexuals and homosexuals.
DOH-Caraga Region 13 Regional Director Dr. Jose R. Llacuna, Jr. expressed concern and alarm over the increasing number of individuals tested positive for the HIV in the region.
From 1995-December 2016, HIV cases now total 335, with12 reported deaths in the Caraga region.
Of these cases, 122 were reported in Butuan City, 64 in Surigao del Sur and 60 in Agusan del Sur.
In 2015, only 86 HIV-Aids cases were recorded, with 10 deaths in Caraga region.