The Department of Health (DOH-Caraga) said it recorded 19 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections in January alone .
In its disease surveillance report, the DOH-Caraga said 19 new HIV cases were reported for the month, which was higher than the 5 cases recorded in January 2017.
Ninety-five percent of the cases, or 18, had sexual contact as the mode of transmission. Twelve of the 18 new cases involved males having sex with males.
“As of January 2018 alone, out of 19 cases, 18 (95%) cases were acquired through sexual contact in which 12 (63.2%) of these cases were through homosexual contact,” the report said.
Most of the newly diagnosed infections belonged to the 15-50-year-age group.
Contracting HIV leads to a condition characterized by the weakening or breakdown of the body’s immune system.
HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, the body’s natural defense system. Over time it leads to the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS.
According to the HIV/AIDS Registry of the Philippines, a total of 471 cases were recorded from year 1995 to January, 2018 for Caraga region alone. By CLC