Health Dept: Number of monthly HIV/AIDS cases in PH hits highest rate since 1984

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HIV/AIDS is among the communicable diseases the Duterte administration has vowed to control in its Philippine Health Agenda plan for 2016-2022 spearheaded by the DOH.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) — The monthly number of HIV-positive cases in the Philippines hit a record high since 1984 to 1,098 new cases, mostly among young males in May 2017, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

"This was 48 percent higher as compared with the same reporting period last year and also the highest recorded cases ever since 1984," the DOH's HIV/AIDS and ART Registry said in a statement on July 24. The DOH recorded 741 cases in May 2016.

The DOH has been recording cases of HIV/AIDS in the Philippines since January 1984. To date, it has tallied  44,010 cases of Filipinos with HIV/AIDS. In 2017, the number of HIV/AIDS cases rose by 15 percent to 4,388 from January to May compared to the same period a year ago.

HIV/AIDS is among the communicable diseases the Duterte administration has vowed to control in its Philippine Health Agenda plan for 2016-2022 spearheaded by the DOH.

Senate bill no. 376 or the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Bill is pending in the senate and aims to create a more comprehensive and "national multi-sectoral strategy" to address the increase of HIV/AIDS cases in the Philippines.

In its latest report for May 2017, the DOH said more than half of the cases or 554 were from the 25-34 year age group while 30 percent or 325 cases were of youth aged 15-24 years, it said. The National Capital Region reported the most number of cases at 404.

Sexual contact was the reported modes of transmission for HIV/AIDS with 1,068 cases, with 86 percent of these among males who have sex with males. Cases of infection by needle-sharing among drug users stood at 27, and three were cases of mother-to-child transmission.