Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas has raised concerns on the exponential increase of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases in the region.
The DOH Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) reported that the HIV cases in the region have increased by almost 300% since 2010’s 18 cases as compared to this year’s 254 cases.
RESU Chief Boyd Cerro said that of the 89 cases reported in recent surveillance, 5 patients gave in and died due to the disease.
Of the current patients, the province of Leyte posted the highest with 148. Samar has 45, Southern Leyte, 34; Northern Samar 14; and Northern Samar 13. There was no reported case in Biliran.
UNICEF studies revealed that while the HIV/AIDS in the country remains low but the Philippines has one of the fastest growing number of cases across the globe.
The increasing number of cases is being attributed to men who have sex with men. Female sex workers come in second.
HIV/AIDS is considered a deadly disease and remains incurable.