• 494 new HIV cases in June up 15% from last year

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    The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said 494 new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases were reported in June 2014, 15 percent higher than the 431 cases recorded in the same period last year.

    This brought the total this year to 2,814 cases, with 66 deaths.

    The latest HIV and AIDS Registry showed that from 1984 to 2014, there were 19,330 HIV-positive cases, of which 17,564 (91 percent) were asymptomatic and 1,766 (nine percent) were full-blown AIDS cases. The age groups with the most number of cases were between 25 and 29 years old.

    Of the 19,330 cases, almost half or 8,807 came from the National Capital Region (Metro Manila); 13 percent (2,391) from Region 4-A; nine percent (1,714) from Region 7; eight percent (1,515) from Region 3; six percent (1,109) from Region 11; and 15 percent (2,657) from the rest of the country.

    The report said sexual contact, needle-sharing among injecting drug users and men having sex with other men were the main mode of transmission.

    For this year, 318 cases of HIV-positive OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) were reported, bringing to 2,956 the number of OFWs with HIV since 1984.

    As of June 2014, there were 6,935 people living with HIV who were on anti-retroviral therapy.

    PNA

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