35 Filipinos Are Getting Infected With HIV Every Day

The numbers have increased significantly from just an average of one daily in 2008.
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The number of Filipinos testing positive for Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is on the rise, and at an alarming rate, at that.

According to a report by CNN Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) shared in July that an average of 35 Filipinos is getting infected with HIV every day. Back in 2008, the daily average was just one. 

A total of 1,111 new HIV cases have also been recorded, bringing the total number of infected individuals to 7,483 from January 2019. 199 of these were Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases.

Men accounted for 94 percent of the new HIV cases, mostly between the ages of 24 to 34 years old. The majority of those infected come from Metro Manila, followed by CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), and Central Luzon. 

A prescription pill that helps prevent HIV, called the  Pre-exposure Prophylaxis pill or pREP, is now available in the Philippines. It's been proven to be 90 percent effective. A post-exposure pill is also already available, which can be taken within 72 hours after exposure and prevents HIV by as much as 95 percent.

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The United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) estimates that the Philippines will have 201,000 cases of HIV by the year 2025.

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