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Davao City has 82 identified AIDS cases

By Aprielle Annerose S. Bolosito

Davao City (26 November) -- In celebration with the World Aids Day initiated by the United States this coming December, Sectoral Representative Connie Agtub of Alagad Mindanao has reminded the public of an alarming increase in AIDS cases here in Davao City.

In figures released last September Davao City ranks number two next to Cebu and followed by Manila with the number of Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) cases identified and which have been given medical intervention by the city.

There were 82 Aids cases (72 males, 10 females), 16 had already died (13 males, 3 females) leaving 66 cases (59 males, 7 females) who has been taking anti-retroviral drugs given free by the government.

Most of the diagnosed having aids have claimed to be bisexuals with the most common mode of transmission is through anal sex.

"Maybe they think that the person they encounter is healthy because it does not appear physically that they have AIDS," Agtub said.

She added that the government together with the non-government agencies, Department of Health and South Philippines Medical Center are still continuing their research and surveillance to monitor HIV-AIDS cases.

They also conduct education awareness all over the city to prevent the spread of Aids.

"We are into confidentiality," Agtub said telling the victims to have themselves checked and that they offer free medicines and laboratory as anti-retrovirus drugs is quite expensive ranging from P6, 000-P10, 000 knowing that most of the persons infected do not have sufficient income.

Anti-retroviral drugs do not cure Aids yet it prevents mutation and lessens the pain but should be taken for life. (PIA-XI intern) [top]

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