• 2 NEW HIV-AIDS CASES IN CAGAYAN VALLEY

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    BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: The regional Department of Health (DOH) office in Cagayan province has monitored at least two persons afflicted with the dreaded human immunodeficiency virus-acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS). Alan Sibal, information officer of the DOH, said the two victims identified as adult males, are now undergoing retroviral medicine treatment at the Cagayan Valley Medical Center, a government-run hospital in Tuguegarao City. The said treat-ment is to prevent the spread of the virus in the body of the said infec-ted persons. Sibal said these cases are in addition to six individuals who were officially diagnosed last year to have acquired HIV-AIDS in the Ca-gayan Valley region. DOH records showed that at least 50 persons were reported to have been afflicted with the virus in the region. This includes three fatalities aged 28 and 32, both from Nueva Vizcaya and another who is 25 from Cagayan. Among them, records reveal, the youngest is a one-year-old boy who may have acquired the dreaded virus through the mother during pregnancy or from tainted needles soon after birth while the oldest is 57-years-old.

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