35 Filipinos test positive for HIV every day - Health dept.

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 29) – More Filipinos are getting diagnosed for the human immunodeficiency virus HIV), the Health department said.

The July report of the agency’s epidemiology bureau on the HIV/AIDs and ART Registry of the Philippines showed that the average number of people who get infected daily in 2019 soared to 35, from just one in 2008.

The bureau also recorded 1,111 new cases of the incurable disease, which mostly affects males who have sex with males. This brings the total number of infected people to 7,483 since January 2019. The figure is also the highest reported since July of this year, and 29 percent higher than the number in the same period in 2018.

Of the total number, 199 were cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or advanced HIV infection, the report stated.

Ninety four percent or 1,048 of new cases were male, and the most affected age range was 24-34, accounting for 51 percent of the new cases.

Most or 380 of the cases were reported in Metro Manila, the report added. CALABARZON came in second with 180 cases. Central Luzon followed with 134. Completing the top five regions with the most number of new HIV cases for the month were Central Visayas with 93 cases and Davao region with 60.

Sexual contact still emerged as the top mode of transmission. The report said 63 percent or 699 cases of infections were males having sex with males. A small number acquired the disease either through an infected needle (nine cases) or from their mothers (two). One case had no data on how the disease was acquired, according to the report.