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No record of HIV/AIDS cases in ARMM

Koronadal City (5 February) -- Amid the reported rise of HIV-AIDS cases based on the findings of the Department of Health (DOH), there is no data showing patients who have contracted the deadly disease in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

DOH-ARMM Regional Secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding, Jr., said he agrees with the findings on the rise of HIV-AIDS cases in the county, expressing full support to government initiatives for intensified awareness and education campaign to address the problem.

Sinolindng said, he is not convinced there are no HIV/AIDS cases in the autonomous region, believing this is a matter of under-reporting.

It is a case of under-reporting because most patients do not seek medical attention in the local hospitals or health centers and would do so in other places due to existing cultural beliefs and practices especially among the Muslims and fear of being treated as outcasts, Dr. Sinolinding said.

"Karamihan sa mga patients do not seek medical consultations here because of the taboo sa ating culture na ang sakit na ito is attributed to sexual practices," he said.

He stressed, AIDS can be transmitted not only by sexual practices but through other means such as intra-venous or intra-muscular injection and can be prevented through the control of one's activities, control of sex partners and the institution of protection measures.

He urged patients and other individuals who manifest two or more symptoms to seek immediate medical attention and assured full support, understanding and compassion for HIV/AIDS patients and their family. (pbc/PIA) [top]

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