THE Philippines is one of nine countries where the number of human immunodeficiency virus-acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV- AIDS) cases is growing. But what is more alarming is that many of the new victims are teenagers, with some as young as 15.

Based on a study conducted by the Department of Health (DOH), more young Filipinos have acquired the HIV. Data from the Philippine HIV/AIDS Registry showed that in January this year alone, 118 of the new HIV patients belong to the 15 to 24 age bracket.

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