By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 877 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) last December, bringing the number of cases last year to almost 12,000.
The total of HIV cases in 2018 was 11, 427, slightly higher than the 11,103 cases in 2017.
Cases in December showed that 96 percent of the newly diagnosed were males, based on the latest report of the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau.
The National Capital Region (NCR) had the most number of cases with 325 followed by Calabarzon with 147, Central Luzon with 97, Central Visayas with 71, and Western Visayas with 66.
There were 71 HIV-related deaths, DOH reported.
Sexual contact remains the predominant mode of transmission with 861 cases. Other mode of transmission include needle sharing among injecting drug users with 10 cases.
Meanwhile, six cases had no data on mode of transmission.
“Among the newly diagnosed females this month, four were pregnant at the time of diagnosis,” the DOH noted. One case each from NCR, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon.
The first case of HIV infection in the Philippines was reported in 1984. Since then, there have been 62,029 confirmed HIV cases reported, according to DOH.