Thursday, September 10, 2009

DOH - NEC July 2009 Report

In July 2009, there were 70 new HIV Ab sero positive individuals confirmed by the STD/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory (SACCL) and reported to the HIV and AIDS Registry (Table 1). This was a 32% increase compared to the same period last year (n=53 in 2008) and the second highest number reported in a month. This brings the total for 2009 (January to July) to 432 cases.

Most of the cases (87%) were males. The median age was 28 years (age range: 18-58 years). The 25-29 year age-group had the most cases (31%). Fifty-six percent (39) of reported cases were from the National Capital Region (NCR). Sixty-nine cases reported sexual contact as mode of HIV transmission; one case had no data (Table 2). Bisexual contact (38%) was the predominant type of sexual transmission (Figure 2). Most (97%) of the cases were still asymptomatic at the time of reporting (Figure 3). There was no death for this month.


Of the 70 HIV positive cases, two were reported as AIDS cases; both were males (19 years and 21 years). One acquired the infection through bisexual contact and one through homosexual contact. There was no death reported for this month.

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)
Twenty-one of the 70 (30%) reported cases were OFWs (Figure 5, page 2). Sixteen (76%) were males. The median age was 33 years (age range: 23-58 years). All cases acquired the HIV infection through sexual contact (14 heterosexual, 2 homosexual, and 5 bisexual).

AIDS Cases

Of the 817 AIDS cases reported, 70% (573) were males. Median age was 36 years (range 1-72 years). Thirty-eight percent (314) had already died. Sexual intercourse was the most common mode of HIV transmission, accounting for 93% (757) of all AIDS cases. More than half (440 or 58%) of sexual transmissions was through heterosexual contact, followed by homosexual contact (249) then bisexual contact (68). Other modes of transmission include: mother-to-child transmission (17), blood transfusion (10), injecting drug use (4), and needle prick injuries (2). Three percent (27) of the AIDS cases did not report mode of HIV transmission.


Anonymous said...

hi! This is an interesting and highly important report. The figures are too overwhelming. The two aids cases from the July report are of 19 and 21 years old?! What have they been doing at least about a year ago? Shocking. The surge in the number of reported cases is both good and sad. Sad for obvious reasons. Good that many have taken the test, hopefully to their own liking. I have questions. What's the government's response to this? Are other dimensions available in the report like the rate of casual/stranger encounters and paid sex amongst the homo/bi contacts? Socio-economic classes? -shocked stranger.

HIVPOS27 said...

Well this is really an eye opener for all of us! According to some experts HIV/ AIDS here in the Philippines is a ticking time bomb waiting explode. The increase is very alarming but sad to say there's a very small response from our government, without the help of NGO's there will be no free ARV meds for all of us.

tim said...

Oh, so sad, those hilarious and terrifying diseases had been rampant in our country..

Anonymous said...

hello hivpos27.. im joms, 24,m/s, from legazpi city, albay. i am graduating this year for my masters degree.. my thesis is all about HIV/AIDS.. pero case study lang siya. but it was a regional coverage. there were 5 subjects coming from different provinces in bicol. by the way, i attended the NCCM in manila last nov 28 - dec 2.. do u know that? or andun ka din?? hopefully, the recommendations of my study be implemented by the government..
discrimination fuels the spread of hiv infection.. we have to stop the cycle of stigma so that discrimination can easily stripped away.. or else, the spread of hiv will continue to rise in the next years.. oh, im negative FYI.

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