936 new HIV case reported in Sept. ‘17 Featured

936 new HIV case reported in Sept. ‘17

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The DOH said that based on the figure, 31 HIV cases are diagnosed daily, higher than the 26 cases diagnosed over the same period last year.

Of the 936 new cases reported to the HIV/AIDS and ART Registry of the Philippines (HARP), 86 percent or 806 were asymptomatic cases at the time of reporting.

According to the recent report, 97 percent of the reported cases involved males aged 15 to 69 years old.

Sexual contact remains to be the most common mode of transmission, covering 908 of the 936 cases.

Twenty-three were infected through needle sharing among drug users while the rest had no data on mode of transmission.

Five pregnant women, along with 40 other individuals aged 10 to 29 were diagnosed with HIV in September through sexual contact.

Sixty-five overseas Filipino workers were also diagnosed with HIV during the same period.

The regions with the most number of reported cases were National Capital Region with 348 cases followed by Southern Luzon (147 cases), Central Visayas (93 cases), Central
Luzon (87 cases), Davao region (56 cases), and Western Visayas (54 cases).

Forty deaths among people with HIV were also reported in September 2017.

Five were from the15-24 year age group, 18 from the 25-34 year age group,15 from the 35-49 age group and two from the 50 years and up age group.

From January 1984 to September 2017, a total of 2,343 HIV-related deaths have been reported.

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