LIST: Where to get free HIV treatment in the Philippines

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 1) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday urged those living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to take advantage of free treatment.

"We encourage those diagnosed with HIV to come forward and access the life-saving antiretroviral drugs in all our DOH-designated HIV treatment facilities," Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

"For those who can afford [it], it's about P15,000 per year per patient... but free from the DOH," he added.

Over 22,000 people living with HIV were enrolled in free antiretroviral therapy (ART), the Health Department said. This makes up 33 percent of the estimated total number of Filipinos with HIV, which is expected to rise to 67,000 by the end of the year.

The DOH hopes 90 percent of HIV-positive Filipinos will take advantage of this free treatment by 2022.

Here is a list of facilities providing HIV treatment from the DOH HIV/AIDS and the Antiretroviral Therapy Registry of the Philippines.

In the Philippines, some 44,000 HIV cases have been reported from January 1984 to May 2017. About 81 percent of the 44,000 diagnosed cases were recorded in the last five and a half years.

Having HIV could lead to the development of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a potentially deadly condition if untreated.

Unprotected sex between males accounts for over 80 percent of HIV transmissions in the country. Unprotected sex between heterosexuals follows at 12 percent. HIV is also transmitted through shared, infected needles and from mother to fetus during pregnancy.

Organizations like Love Yourself and The Red Whistle offer free and confidential HIV testing. Love Yourself provides tests in Mandaluyong, Pasay, and Manila, while The Red Whistle operates in Caloocan, Las Pinas, Mandaluyong, Manila, Makati, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pasig, Paranaque, Pateros, Quezon City, Taguig, and Valenzuela.

CNN Philippines senior digital producer Lara Tan contributed to this report.