The Philippines saw 495 new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in May 2014, according to the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday.

TayagThis brings the total new HIV cases in the country to 2,320 in 2014, according to a tweet by Dr. Eric Tayag with the DOH.

The 495 cases represents a 19% increase compared to the same period last year of 415 . In addition, there were 992 reported deaths among people with HIV from January to May 2014.

Health officials say this brings the total HIV cases reported from 1984 to 2014 to 18,836.

Ninety-six percent of the new cases reported in May were in males, and more than half were in males 20-29.

Reported modes of transmission were sexual contact (465) and needle sharing among injecting drug users (30). Males having sex with other males (85 percent) was the most predominant type of sexual transmission. Most (91 percent) of the cases were still asymptomatic at the time of the reporting. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page