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CVMC establishes new treatment hub for HIV/AIDS patients

by Oliver Baccay

Tuguegarao City (4 March) -- The Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC) can already conduct examination and treatment to HIV/AIDS patients through the newly established treatment hub in the hospital.

Dr. Teresita Reyes said CVMC has already established a special ward and an office for HIV/AIDS patients separate to the main building of the hospital.

Dr. Reyes said they had also conducted doctors? training who will be in charged in the treatment and examination.

She explained that they also provided a separate pathway as the secret entry of patients so that they will not be ashamed in submitting themselves for examination or treatment.

"Through the retroviral drop that will be given to AIDS patients, they could already live up to 15 years but until now there is still no medicine to totally cure the disease", Reyes said.

The revelation is made by the doctor during the dissemination forum of the National Demographic and Health survey which revealed that there is increasing number of HIV/AIDS cases in the country and only few have knowledge on its prevention.

The survey results also revealed that only 53% of women know that HIV/AIDS can be prevented by using condoms and by limiting sex to one faithful partner. The survey also revealed that many have still misconceptions that a person can be infected with HIV in sharing food and through mosquito bites.

Dr. Susan Daran of DOH-CHD 2 informed that there were no positive AIDS victims in the region but there are some who are positive in HIV.

She mentioned that the vulnerable groups of people on the virus are gays considering that their practice in sexual intercourse is not safe.

"We are currently doing surveillance especially in cities and highly urbanize municipalities in the region to ensure that HIV positive individual will be treated to prevent its turning out into an Acute Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS", Daran said.

Dr. Daran further revealed that they are monitoring students because studies revealed that there are many students engaging in commercial sex especially during examinations in exchange of minimal amount for their tuition fees. (PIA 2) [top]

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