By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) said it recorded 859 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections during the month of July.
The figure is lower than the 854 cases recorded in the same period last year. The health department noted that in the said number of cases, 22 percent (193 cases) “had clinical manifestations of advanced HIV infection at the time of diagnosis.”
Sexual contact remains the predominant mode of transmission among the 841 cases. However, there were seven
cases without data on mode of transmission.
The data also showed that seven of the HIV-positive cases were pregnant women at the time of diagnosis; four came from Metro Manila, and one each from the Ilocos Region, Central Visayas and Davao.
It also revealed that there were 30 reported deaths from AIDS-related complications.
Other modes of transmission include needle sharing among injecting drug users with 10 cases, while there was one case of mother-to-child transmission.
The data also revealed that 264 cases were diagnosed from the NCR, followed by Calabarzon (146 cases), Central Luzon (75 cases), Western Visayas (62 cases), Central Visayas (59 cases), and Davao Region (58 cases).