The Quezon City Public Affairs and Information Services Department said on December 1 that there were at least 505 new cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) recorded in Quezon City from January to July of 2019.
According to a report from GMANews, the Quezon City health department said that of these 505 cases, 486 were male and 19 were female. In July, the city recorded 77 new cases of HIV.
Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit and STI/HIV Program Manager Dr. Rolando Cruz said that 321 cases of HIV were transmitted through male-to-male sex, 116 through males having sex with both males and females, and 61 through male-female sex.
Officials said that HIV cases this year were lower compared to the 509 cases recorded in the same period in 2018. Dr. Cruz added that the number could exceed 849 recorded cases in 2018 before the year ends.
With HIV cases on the rise in Quezon City, the city government launched what it calls the “Zero at 2030 campaign” which aims to address the city’s growing HIV cases, Manila Bulletin reported.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said that the program’s aim is to prevent the spread of HIV in what she calls “three stages” which are prevention, control, and treatment.
Mayor Belmonte said that by 2022, the campaign’s target is to have 90 percent of local residents with HIV to know their status, 90 percent who are positive to get treatment, and 90 percent on treatment should stay treated.
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