DOH 7 raises red alert on HIV/AIDS

April 18, 2013 10:19 pm 

CEBU CITY, April 18 — The Department of Health (DOH) 7 has raised a red alert on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) after 36 new HIV cases were recorded in Metro Cebu in the first three months this year.

”We are raising the red alert,” Dr. Asuncion Anden, DOH 7 director, said.

Rennan Cimfranca, DOH 7 regional epidemiologist, said of the 36 new HIV cases, 27 are in Cebu City, five in Mandaue City and four in Lapu-Lapu City.

But he said the cases have yet to be confirmed by the STD/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory in Manila.

Dr. Anden said the epidemic is no longer just among men having sex with men as there is an increase in HIV cases among injecting drug users.

”This is a societal problem of the tri-cities, not just the DOH or the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency,” said Anden.

Anden said they cannot distribute free sterile syringes to illegal drugs users because this is considered a drug paraphernalia.

She also assured the government has some P200 million worth of medicines for persons infected with HIV. (PNA)

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