In June 2012, there were 295 new HIV Ab sero-positive individuals confirmed by the STD/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory (SACCL) and reported to the HIV and AIDS Registry. This was 66% higher compared to the same period last year.
Most of the cases (97%) were males. The median age was 28 years (age range: 17-71 years). The 20-29 year (56%) age-group had the most number of cases. Fifty-eight percent (169) of the reported cases were from the National Capital Region (NCR).
Reported mode of transmission were sexual contact (275) and needle sharing among injecting drug users (20).Males having sex with other males (87%) were the predominant type of sexual transmission. Most (95%) of the cases were still asymptomatic at the time of reporting.
HIV/AIDS in the Philippines in a Glance:
- There are 9,964 HIV Positive persons in the Philippines from 1984 to June 2012.
- 1,061 of which are AIDS cases
- There are currently 295 newly reported cases as of June 2012, 16 of which are AIDS cases. 95% are asymptomatic.
- Age range of those afflicted with HIV/AIDS are: 17-71 years old
- 20-29 age-group composes the most number of cases (56%)
- 97% of the total cases are males, the remainder are females.
- The National Capital Region (NCR) has the largest sum of reported cases (for June 2012): 169 cases (58%)
- Out of the 295 new cases this June 2012, 28 or 9 percent are OFWs
- 87% cases are transmitted from Males having sex with Males.
- Mode of transmission:
- Unprotected sex: 275 (93%)
- People who inject drugs: 20 (7%)
- Mother-to-Child Transmission: 0%
Evidence that HIV/AIDS cases in the Philippines are increasing at an alarming rate:
Reasons for increase could probably be due to the number of people who are able to be tested for HIV. This is a good sign that people are getting aware and wants to be aware of their self.
Proportion of Types of Sexual Transmission
Homosexual transmission remains the highest type of transmission for the last five years. Cumulative data shows that 34% (3,073) were infected through heterosexual contact, 40% (3,513) through homosexual contact and 26% ( 2,297) through bisexual contact. From 2007, there has been a shift in the predominant trend of sexual transmission from heterosexual contact (21%) to males having sex with other males (79%).
Department of Health National Epidemiology Center May 2012 Report