NGO says most of new HIV cases in Mindanao to succumb to AIDS PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 16:18

Almost half of the total number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positive patients in Mindanao are currently confirmed bloom to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), Alma Mondragon, executive director of Alliance Against AIDS in Mindanao or Alagad Mindanao, Inc. said.

Mondragon said HIV cases, although realistically, depending on time, all of them will later succumb to AIDS ailment.

She said as of Sept. 30, this year, there are 189 HIV reported cases in Davao City, and 300 in the entire Mindanao island. Although she said 40 percent of these numbers have ballooned to full bloom AIDS.

“Every now and then, the status of the HIV positive patient’s changes and 100 percent of HIV patients will progress to AIDS, it’s a matter of time,” she said.

She said the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs used in the treatment of HIV virus merely suppress the impact of the virus in order to prolong the life of the patient.

ARV would cost about P70,000 to P80,000, Kenneth Sadia of the RHWC, a special unit of the Davao City Health Office, said.

The 189 HIV positive reported patients in Davao City come from various industry sectors, but majority of them are males, referred to by Sadia as “men having sex with men or MSM.”

Philippines is among the seven top countries of HIV positive case. Although the number is low in the Philippines, the trend is increasing.

Data from the Department of Health (DOH) Davao showed that as of August 2011, there were 196 new HIV Ab seropositive individuals confirmed by the STD/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory (SACCL) and reported to the HIV and AIDS Registry. The data showed that this was 81 percent, higher compared to the same period last year.

Ninety three percent of the numbers are males. The median age was 28 years (age range: 2-60 years). The 20-29 year age group had the most number of cases at 57 percent.

Of the 196 HIV cases, seven were reported AIDS cases. Of the number, 23 or 12 percent were OFWs, the data indicated.