4 new HIV-AIDS cases recorded in Pagadian City PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2014 11:55

PAGADIAN CITY — A local health official disclosed that four new cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS) have been recorded in this city.

City Health Officer Dr. Noel Ceniza on Saturday said the four new cases were discovered with the assistance of the Pagadian Gay Society and Humanitarian Gays Association (PAGAYSHEA) since the patients were classified as man having sex with men (MHM).

Ceniza added it was the PAGAYSHEA that convinced them to undergo medical examination.

The PAGAYSHEA, which was organized months ago, is actively involved in healthy lifestyle advocacy.

The association also provides assistance to its members with health problems.

City HIV-Sexually Transmitted Infections (HIV-STI) coordinator Carleen Jerusalen said the latest discovery brought the total number of people positive for HIV-AIDS to 14 since 2012.

Jerusalen said two of the 14 patients were confirmed to have already died.

However, Jerusalen added that only three of the remaining 12 patients were monitored to be still here in this city.

Jerusalen said they were among the four people who were recently found positive with HIV-AIDS.

Meanwhile, she said they were preparing for the holding of HIV-AIDS regional congress on Nov. 26 in Dipolog City.— HDC