City registers 388 HIV cases with 65 deaths PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 14:10

By RG Antonet Go

The City Health Office (CHO) Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC) has revealed that Zamboanga City now has 388 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases from 1995 to March 2018 with 65 deaths.

Dr. Dulce Amor Dagalea-Miravite, OIC City Health Officer, said in an interview that the data shows that the virus does not discriminate. “Wala sa pagkatao natin nasa ginagawa natin,” Miravite stressed.

The breakdown for the 388 HIV cases from 1995 to March 2018 are as follows: 360 are males while 28 are females. For the age group, for less than 15 years old, there are two cases, 15 to 24 years old, 120 cases, 25 to 34 years old, 192 cases, 35 to 44 years old, 57 cases and 45 to 54 years old 17.

From January to March 2018 alone, there were 16 HIV cases recorded with three deaths.

RHWC is conducting advocacy education when it comes to HIV and STI to schools, barangays, and offices to bring awareness to the public.

HIV is the virus that’s carries Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) which attacks the immune system where the patient becomes weak and they can easily get sick due to their failing immune system.

The office is also advocating for abstinence, be mutually faithful, correct and consistent condom use, do not use drugs, and education.

Aside from these, they are also encouraging HIV testing so that they can know their HIV status this is given for free at the CHO RHWC. If they know their status, incase reactive, they can immediately be given treatment.

“If you asses you are engaging into risky sexual behavior it’s wise that you get yourself tested and know your status,” the OIC city health officer said.

Treatment is available at Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) where HIV positive may avail of the Anti-Retroviral Drugs. (R.G. A A. Go)