HIV cases in Davao City consistently increasing

The City Health Office (CHO) disclosed that HIV cases in Davao City are consistently increasing.

Dr. Jordana Ramitere, Rural Health Physician IV of the Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC), head of CHO’s special program handling sexually transmitted infection (STI), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), said that there are more than 2,000 HIV cases undergoing treatment in various medical facilities in Davao City.

Ramitere said in 2017 to 2021 Davao City has an average of 32 cases per month but in 2022 from January to September there are about 41 new cases per month. She said there are a total of 4,141 HIV cases since 1993 when the first case of HIV in Davao City was recorded.

“Kung tan-awon nimo murag gamay lang but if we look back for the past five years nagaincrease siya gihapon. For example sa national level sa 2012 nine new cases a day, in 2017 naay 30, in 2021 naay 34, in 2022 naay 42 new cases a day. Dili ingon ana ka taas pero nagpadayon siya ug increase. Gamay ang pag increase but consistent,” she said over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) on Monday.

She said the male having sex with other males is still the top mode of transmission.

“Sa tanan regions sa Philippines, mao lang gihapon katong male having sex with other males purely homosexuals or bisexuals mao ang number one mode of transmission,” she said.

Ramitere also cited challenges in managing HIV cases like some patients who got tired and stop taking medicine.

“But we have to follow that up that is why aduna mi case managers who has to follow them up as well but difficult siya labi na nga gadaghan ang atong mga kaso and usahay mag change sila ug numbers and dili namo sila ma-follow up,” she said.

RHWC is strengthening prevention through an information campaign and testing.

The center, which is the only facility in Davao Region, is committed to delivering programs and services for the prevention of HIV/AIDS, and for the treatment, care, and support to people living with HIV (PLHIV).

“Dapat early treatment and early access to services para ma prevent nato ang progress sa iyahang sakit kumbaga puwede siya na murag simtomas lang for as long as na start nato siya ug sayo, na monitor nato siya ug sayo, ug gibuhat niya ang dapat buhaton. Ang RHWC ang nag-inusara sa Davao Region na primary health facility ug since nag inusara maka cater gyud ta ug adjacent provinces and regions kay ang atong tambal gikan man pud sa region,” she said.

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