By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) said that more than 1,000 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were reported during the month of June.
“There were 1,006 newly confirmed HIV-positive individuals reported to the HIV/AIDS & ART Registry of the Philippines (HARP),” the DOH-Epidemiology stated in its latest report.
“Nineteen percent (194 cases) had clinical manifestations of advanced HIV infection at the time of diagnosis,” it added.
The figure is higher than the 993 HIV cases recorded during the same period last year.
The DOH reported that sexual contact remains the predominant mode of transmission with 983 cases or 98 percent of the total figure.
Other modes of transmission were sharing of infected needles with nine cases; and mother-to-child transmission with three cases.
“Among the newly diagnosed females this month, five were pregnant at the time of diagnosis. Two cases each were from NCR (National Capital Region) and Region 7 (Central Visayas), and one case was from Region 6 (Western Visayas),” the report said.
Meanwhile, the DOH said that 11 cases had no data on mode of transmission.
The health department noted that majority of the cases were from the NCR with 346 cases; followed by Calabarzon with 155 cases, Central Luzon with 114 cases, Central Visayas with 78 cases, and Western Visayas with 56 cases.
“The first case of HIV infection in the Philippines was reported in 1984. Since then, there have been 68,401 confirmed HIV cases reported to the HARP,” the DOH said.