Report by the Philippines' Department

The Philippines' Department of Health revealed recently that the number of HIV patients documented in the country in the month of March reached 500, a new record high for a single month.

For this year, the total HIV cases from January to March now total to 1,432, and for over the past three decades, the total number is at 17,948.

According to reports, the majority of patients were diagnosed in the National Capital Region, Calabarzon, Central Luzon, and Central Visayas. About 95% of them were men, and more than half were aged 20 years old to 29 years old.

Common modes of transmission

The research also found out that of the 500 latest cases, 443 were transmitted through having unprotected sexual contact. Male to male sex was also learned to be the primary means of sexual transmission, followed by the sharing of used needles among drug users who use syringes/needles to inject drugs into their bodies, and a single case of mother-to-infant transmission.

The health department added that almost 90% of the cases were asymptomatic, meaning no signs and symptoms manifested in the early stages. Furthermore, there were also deaths, with people in the 25 years old to 29 years old age group as the top victims, following by those between the ages of 30 and 34, and 20 and 24.

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