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    Phl registers 17,450 HIV cases in 30 years

    THE Department of Health (DOH) in Manila on Wednesday reported 486 new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in February 2014, bringing the total number of HIV cases to 17,450 from 1984 to 2014 or within 30 years.
    The DOH said the new HIV cases reflect an increase of 43 percent compared to 339 for the same period last year, of which 15,581 (91 percent) were asymptomatic and 1,599 (nine percent) were full-blown AIDS cases.
    It said of the 486 new HIV cases, some 96 percent were male with median age of 27. The 20 to 29 age group had the most number of cases.
    The report pointed out that males having sex with other males is the predominant mode of sexual transmission and most of the cases were still asymptomatic at the time of the reporting.
    There are about 5,965 living with HIV presently on Anti-Retroviral Therapy, which is a combination of adult and pediatric patients currently enrolled in 18 treatment hubs in the country as of February this year.
    Of the total 17,450 HIV cases reported from 1984 to 2014, almost half or 8,046 came from the National Capital Region, 13 percent (2,132) from Region 4-A, nine percent (1,463) from Region 7, eight percent (1,358) from Region 3, six percent (995) from Region 11, and 14 percent (2,319) from the rest of the country.
    Reports said sexual contact, needle-sharing among injecting drug users, and males having sex with other males were the predominant types of sexual transmission.
    The DOH also reported 99 HIV-positive overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in 2014, of whom 87 or 88 percent were males and 12 (12 percent) were females. This brought to 2,737 the number of HIV-positive OFWs since 1984.
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