Despite the Health Department’s more aggressive campaign against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the number of cases continue to rise in the Philippines, a country which has been previously reported to have the highest growth rate of the deadly virus in the Asia-Pacific.
Demographics for these cases show that 59 males and 37 females either paid for, or received payment for sexual services. Eighteen of them also engaged in both types of transactions.
There were also a total of 1,962 cases recorded from July to August of 2017 which meant an average of 31 people were contracting HIV each day during the said months.
Most of these cases were recorded in the National Capital Region (732), Calabarzon (344) and Central Luzon (179). Meanwhile, a total of 118 deaths due to HIV/AIDS were reported in the same period.
So far, DOH data shows that there have been a total of 44,010 cases of local HIV infection recorded since 1984. Around 81 percent of these cases were recorded from January 2012 to May 2017. Out of these, 4,181 cases turned into full-blown AIDS.