The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections are in upward trend as 492 new cases were documented in November 2014, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday.

“This was 28 percent higher compared to the same period last year, which was 384,” the DOH said.

Out of 492 cases, a total of 134 were aged 15 to 24; 40 of which have led to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); and 10 were reported dead. The health agency further stated that 464 of those cases were infected through sexual contact with 250 of them caused by homosexual intercourse and 146 by bisexual contact. Shared infected needles also accounted for 28 victims who are identified as injecting drug users.

Moreover, the registry revealed more male cases with 474 (96 percent) aging from 17 to 68 and with a median age of 28. The age group of 20 to 29 has a 56 percent share of the new cases.

“Males having sex with other males were the predominant type of sexual transmission,” the DOH confirmed.

For the month of November 2014, the data listed the top five regions which recorded a high number of HIV cases and these include Metro Manila, Region 4A, Region 7, Region 3, and Region 11.

With the new cases, 5,502 victims of HIV have been recorded from January to November of 2014 and these also brought to 22,018 cases since 1984, including 2,011 AIDS cases and 1,101 deaths, the DOH said.

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