No AIDS cases in camps – Agbulos PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:02

The City Health Office (CHO) yesterday belied rumors that there are cases of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) among internally displaced persons (IDPs) in evacuation centers.

“We have not found any positive cases of HIV inside the evacuation camps. Although there were cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that were reported, but it is not AIDs,” said Coty Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos Monday, July 21, during the press briefing at City Hall.

This was in response to alleged reports of AIDs cases in the evacuation center in the Grandstand.

“If it is AIDS, then we will also be alarmed, but if you are telling me now that there were cases of AIDs that were identified, it is not true,” he emphasized.

According to Agbulos, measures to monitor sexually transmitted infections, including HIV cases, are in place for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the different evacuation centers and transitory sites. The Reproductive Health Cluster conducts monitoring rounds and checkups, and most recently, spearheaded medical missions and distribution of hygiene kits to pregnant and lactating women (PLWs).

Additionally, the Human Development Empowerment Services (HDES), a non-government organization partner of the CHO), also looks into the problems of STDs and HIV cases inside the camps.

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system which is caused by an infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It is primarily transmitted via unprotected sex, contaminated blood transfusions, and hypodermic needles. It can also be passed from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding.

Meanwhile, the CHO has begun the distribution of prophylactics at the Grandstand and the Masepla transitory site to prevent cases of leptospirosis, especially with the advent of the rainy and typhoon season.

Distribution of the prophylactics will be conducted in other camps and transitory sites as well, noted Agbulos. — Jasmine Mohammadsali