750 new HIV cases recorded before end of 2016

  • The DOH reported some 750 new HIV/AIDS cases last December
  • This brought to almost 10,000 the number of documented cases in 2016
  • The figure was higher than the 7,831 cases recorded in 2015

A total of 750 new HIV/AIDS cases last December, bringing to almost 10,000 the number of documented cases in 2016, has been recorded by the Department of Health (DOH).

The health department noted that the new cases included three pregnant women; two of whom were from Metro Manila, while one came from Region 7 or Central Visayas, an article published by Philippine Star stated.

According to a report accomplished by the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau, some 9,264 cases were recorded from January to December of 2016 in which a total of 1,113 were AIDS cases. On the other hand, death toll was at 1,969.

As such, the DOH noted that the figure was higher than the 7,831 cases recorded in 2015.

As a backgrounder, the DOH started registering cases in January 1984. Recorded cases that year was 39,622.

Meanwhile, the DOH said that of the 9,264 cases last year, age bracket 25-34 accounted for 4,921 or more than half. The figure followed by 15-24 age bracket, with 2,625 or close to a third of the total.

In addition to this, age bracket 35-49 had 1,510 cases, while 50 and above recorded 186. A total of 22 cases were below 15 years old.

Furthermore, the DOH disclosed that of the 750 cases in December 2016, the National Capital Region (NCR) had the most with 267, followed by Region 4A with 136, Region 3 with 74, Region 7 with 59 and Region 11 with 46 cases recorded.

Over the years, the DOH revealed that the age group with the “biggest proportion of cases has become younger.”

In another article published by Inquirer.net it was mentioned that majority of the new HIV cases were transmitted sexually with 734 (97.8 percent), including the 649 (88 percent) coming from the male-having-sex-with-male (MSM) sector.

Homosexual contact had the highest number of new cases with 408, followed by bisexual contact with 241, and heterosexual contact with 85.

The remaining 16 individuals had acquired HIV via injecting drug use (IDU), the report added.