358 new HIV cases in December — DOH

January 28, 2014 11:19 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 28 — The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday said some 358 new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases were reported in December 2013, which is 22 percent higher compared to the same period in 2012 of 293.

This brings last year’s total to 4,814 or 16,516 cases from 1984-2013, said DOH spokesman Dr. Eric Tayag in his Twitter account.

In the latest HIV and Registry Aids of the DOH, it reported some 4,814 cases or 95 percent were found among males (4,583) with the median ages of 27.

From 1984 to present, there were 16,516 cases reported wherein 50 percent (7,622) came from the National Capital Region (NCR), 13 percent (1,995) from Region 4A, 9.0 percent (1,408) from Region 7, 8.0 percent (1,270) from Region 3, 6.0 percent (926) from Region 11, and the rest of the country 14 percent (2,158).

Of the 4,814 HIV positive cases in 2013, some 338 were reported as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases.

Of these, some 321 were male and 17 were female with ages ranging from 17-59 years (median 30 years).

About 98 percent (331) acquired the infection through sexual contact (171 homosexual, 91 bisexual and 69 heterosexual), and 2.0 percent (7) through needle sharing.

Reports mode of transmission were sexual contact (318) and needle sharing among injecting drug users (40), with male having sex with males as the predominant type of sexual transmission.

From 1984 to 2013, there were 1,507 AIDS cases reported and 887 deaths among people with HIV. (PNA)

LGI/SDT/UTB

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