Eight college students in Zambo infected with HIV PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 June 2012 14:04

Councilor Lilia Nuño (District 2) has expressed alarm over the sudden increase of HIV positive cases in Zamboanga City wherein eight of the 45 cases registered are college students.

In her newly launched radio program entitled “Motherly Yours, LiLia” over Tatak-RMN aired every Friday (8 a.m. to 9 a.m), Nuno reported the alarming situation of HIV-AIDS in the city provided to her by the Human Development Empowerment Services (HDES) of the City Health Office (CHO).

Aside from the eight cases involving college students, who were confirmed to have been infected with the dreaded disease, there are still two others whose blood samples have been carefully examined for confirmation by experts in Manila, Nuño revealed.

“It is alarming in the sense that the number of persons living with HIV have tremendously increased for only a short period of time,” she said.

From the time that surveillance for HIV-AIDS has started in the mid 90s until last year, at least more than 20 were found to be positive, but such number has been doubled  (45 cases) this year, Nuño said.

The youngest of the eight newly registered persons living with HIV is a 16-year-old and all of them are studying in colleges in the city, Nuño said.

“What I learned, they were found positive of HIV thru blood examination which probably happened during blood donation activities. That’s why, I am encouraging the public to take part whenever there are bloodletting programs because their blood could well be examined for free,” Nuno stressed.

She appealed to those HIV patients to constantly see their physicians for medication since medicines to strengthen their immune system are available at the City Health Office.

Based on record, some of the 45 HIV patients recorded at CHO have already died. — Jimmy Villaflores