According to DOH, Filipinos with HIV rose to an alarming number of 272, Photo credit to personal.psu.edu

Department of Health data showed recently that around 272 Filipinos were tested and it turns out that some of them were positive with human immune deficiency virus (HIV). 

The DOH’s National Epidemiology Center stated that this marked a 39% increase from the 196 detected in the same month last 2011.

According to DOH, new cases includes 25 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were infected through sexual contact and 19 drug users contaminated due to needle-sharing. Most of the fragile cases came from these 2 main causes.

However, the 19 drug users, all of the August cases acquired the virus as a result of sexual contact, with males having sex with other males accounting for 86%. This is according to statistics from DOH National Epidemiology Center.

The age range was of 28 years old, with those in the 20 to 29 age group accounting for 59%. 14 of the August cases were women.

The new infections brought the aggregate number of cases in the National HIV and AIDS Registry to 10,514, of which 92%, or 9,637, acquired the virus through sexual contact, DOH data showed.

The registry began passive surveillance of the disease in 1984.

HIV causes AIDS, or the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. The disease, which destroys the human body’s immune system, does not have any known cure up until now. Continues research all over the world wanted to have a breakthrough that will have a cure to this monster disease.

According to party-list Rep. Arnel Ty, AIDS has already claimed the lives of at least 353 Filipinos, including a 41-year-old male who died last August.

During a press statement, Ty stated the number of Filipinos undergoing treatment against HIV has also risen by 32% since January.

“A total of 2,761 Filipinos living with HIV are now on anti-retroviral therapy — 674 more than the 2,087 reported at the start of the year,” he stated.

A merge of at least 3 antiretroviral drugs is known to help slow down the ailment and ease suffering, according to UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

Ty and 4 other lawmakers have filed House Bill 5312, or the Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support Policy Act. The proposed legislation will require government agencies to provide definite programs to alleviate the condition of Filipinos who have HIV.