By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) had recorded more than 1,200 newly-diagnosed cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during the month of January.
“In January 2019, there were 1,249 newly confirmed HIV-positive individuals reported to the HIV/AIDS & ART Registry of the Philippines. Sixteen percent (196 cases) had clinical manifestations of advanced HIV infection at the time of diagnosis,” said the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau.
“Eight were pregnant at the time of diagnosis,” the department noted. Four cases were from the National Capital Region (NCR) and one case each from Ilocos Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas.
The figure is higher compared to the 1,021 cases reported during the same period last year.
There were 22 reported deaths due to “any cause among people with HIV,” the DOH noted.
Meanwhile, at least 42 people were diagnosed with HIV per day.
The data showed that sexual contact remains as the predominant mode of transmission with 1,223 cases or 98 percent of the total figure.
Other modes of transmission included were sharing of infected needles with nine cases; and mother-to-child transmission with four cases. There were 13 cases that had no data on the mode of transmission.
Majority of the cases were from the NCR (402 cases). It was followed by Calabarzon (228 cases), Central Luzon (114 cases), Central Visayas (97 cases), and Western Visayas (92 cases).
The DOH said that there have been 63,278 confirmed HIV cases reported in the Philippines since the first case of HIV infection in the country was discovered in 1984.