494 new HIV cases in June

Posted at 07/31/14 11:24 AM

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) said it has recorded 494 new cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in June, a report by the Philippine News Agency said.

The DOH said the number of cases reported last month is 15 percent higher compared to the 431 cases in the same month last year.

This brings to a total of 2,814 the number of HIV cases this year. Sixty-six have died so far from the infectious disease this year.

The DOH said sexual contact, needle-sharing among injecting drug users, and males having sex with other males were the predominant type of sexual transmission.

The DOH said there are now a total of 19,330 reported HIV cases in the Philippines since the government started recording them in 1984.

Of the total number of cases, 17,564 (91 percent) were asymptomatic, while 1,766 (9 percent) progressed to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).

The DOH said 318 overseas Filipino workers also tested positive for HIV this year, bringing to 2,956 the total number of OFWs infected by the virus since 1984.

As of June 2014, 6,935 HIV patients are on anti-retroviral therapy, according to data from 18 treatment hubs in the country.