Philippines health officials are reporting an increase in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases in 2022, according to the latest data.
The Epidemiology Bureau of the Department of Health showed that 41 is the now average case per day from January to July 2022, higher than the 33 cases a day over the same period in 2021.
The bureau also reported that in July 2022, a total of 1,346 confirmed HIV-positive individuals were reported with the National Capital Region (NCR) reporting the most with 382, followed by CALABARZON with 265 and Central Luzon with 143 cases.
Health officials report 95 percent of the new cases or 1,273 were male while 73 were female. Of the total reported cases, 1,307 or 97 percent were transmitted through sexual contact — 913 of them involving male-to-male sex, 242 through sex with male and female while 84 cases were male to female sex.
Seven individuals acquired the infection through sharing of infected needles, four were through mother-to-child transmission while some 28 cases did not indicate the mode of transmission of infection.
318 deaths have been reported in 2022 to date.
The Philippines has reported 103,112 total cases in the country since January 1984.
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