CHO bares 7 new HIV cases in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 17:02

The City Health Office has expressed alarm on seven additional HIV cases registered this year wherein most of the patients are young with ages ranging from 20 to 34 years old.

From 1995 to the present, Zamboanga City registered 63 HIV cases with 16 deaths, but such figure is lower than cases registered in big cities like Metro Manila.

“That’s why, our target is really to tap the youth sector like the SK Federation for them to undergo training and seminar relative to HIV-AIDS prevention and help us in the information dissemination,” City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos said during the World Candlelight Memorial in honor of those who already died of HIV-AIDS.

In the national scope,  HIV-AIDS cases reach 11,702 from 1984 to 2012 and 3, 338 of those cases have been monitored only in year 2012.

Said record speaks how HIV-AIDS cases are increasing despite the concerned agencies’ efforts in trying to prevent and control the spread of this dreaded disease, Agbulos said.

However, the 11,702 HIV positive patients registered in the entire country are all asymptomatic, which means that the patients do not present any symptoms of HIV like skin rashes and fever.

Of the total number, 2, 214 come from the youth sector whose age bracket is between 15 to 24 years old. — Jimmy Villaflores