TAGBILARAN CITY – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) could not confirm nor deny how many indeed are Boholanos who are victims of the dreaded Acquired Immuno-deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)-Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV). This surfaced following reports indicated that Central Visayas, which includes the province of Bohol, is now ranked third in AIDS-HIV prevalence in the country.
In a text nessage last night, Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot said he cannot say how many are affected by AIDS when asked if there are Boholano and how many of victims of AIDS even without naming them. Central Visayas, comprising Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces, posted a total of 68 cases of AIDS, report quoted Department of Healthshowed.
The report bared that DOH has identified the regions with the highest number of reported AIDS cases for March 2015. These are National Capital Region (NCR) – 293, the highest; Region 4A – 92; Region 7 – 68; vRegion 3 – 57; and the rest of the country – 157. “In February, DOH reported a total of 646 cases of HIV infections. This translates to 21 new infections every day, according to Dr Jose Gerard Belimac, program manager of DOH’s National HIV/STI Prevention Program.”
DOH also found that six cities had the high prevalence rate “among males who have sex with males (MSM).” These are the cities of Quezon City – 6.6%; Manila – 6.7%; Caloocan – 5.3%; Cebu – 7.7%; Davao – 5.0%; and Cagayan de Oro – 4.7%.
Rappler reported quoting DOH as saying that “According to the World Health Organization, if the prevalence rate exceeds 5%, in a matter of two years’ time, the HIV in these areas will really be uncontrollable already so lessons learned, let us not allow the HIV prevalence in any of the cities to reach 5%.” (rvo)