HIV+ cases rising, especially among twentysomethings

Published: November 26, 2010

The Department of Health (DOH) expressed concern over the growing number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases in the country, especially among the youth.

According to the DOH, in September 2010 alone, 153 cases were reported to the DOH. More than 50% of those infected were from the 20 to 29 years old age bracket.

In the first ten months of this year, there were 1,305 reported cases of HIV-positive patients in the country, an increase from last year’s 800 recorded cases.

DOH records show that from January to October 2010, the daily average number of new HIV patients in the country is five.

This reflects a significant spike from the average of one new HIV case every three days since 1984 when the first case of HIV was recorded in the Philippines.

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