PH now on list of 7 countries with steadily increasing HIV cases, predominant mode of sexual transmission shifts from heterosexual to homosexual conta

Cases of patients afflicted with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have been steadily increasing in the Philippines, Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, reports

In the Philippines, the predominant mode of sexual transmission has shifted from heterosexual sex to sex between men since 2007, said Dr. Enrique Tayag, director of the National Epidemiology Center of the Department of Health. For every one female afflicted with HIV, there were four men infected through homosexual contact, Tayag said yesterday.

Citing Tayag, reports that 6,015 HIV cases have been recorded in the country since 1984. Of these, 857 have become AIDS cases.

In December 2010, there were 174 new reported cases, up 38 percent compared to the number of cases in December 2009. Tayag said it was also the highest number of cases recorded in a single month since 1984.  

There was also a significant increase of cases among those 15 to 24 years old, according to the report. From 41 cases in 2007, there were 489 cases recorded in 2010. Tayag attributed the increase to the prevalence of pre-marital sexual activity.

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