HIV cases in Davao worsen; death toll reaches 9


Even the safest city in the country is also vulnerable to the dreaded disease.

DAVAO, Philippines-- Despite of its reputation for being the safest city in the country, a disturbing force has been crippling Davao since 1984. This safe haven is infamous for its rising number of HIV infected people. The Davao City Aids Council (DCAC) has already recorded 9 deaths out of the 1,295 HIV cases until July this year.

In a press conference on Thursday, Health education and population officer of the City Health Office Precy Senoc stated that a total of 5,901 HIV infection cases have been listed from January to September in the present year. In fact, in a single month of September this year, 692 cases has been recorded.

Statistics show that 22 persons in the Philippines appear positive with HIV infection on a daily basis. Out of the 28, 428 listed cases of HIV-AIDS infection in the country from 1984 to September on the present year, 82% of it is listed in the Davao Region.

In the country, there are 86 cases of HIV infections among minors aged 15 and below. In Davao City, a 13-year old girl was detected with HIV. The number among minors keeps on rising due to the continuing illegal prostitution which includes 'service boys' by homosexual males. This is the following statement of Senoc as quoted by
“One thing is that minors cannot get access to HIV test. So may mga risky sexual behaviors, ginagamit na sila as service boys hindi sila makapa-test ng HIV, the time na pwede na silang magpa-test ng HIV, AIDS condition na sila." (Minors cannot get access to HIV test, so there are risky sexual behaviors, they are used as service boys, they cannot be tested for HIV, and by the time that they can be tested, their condition is already AIDS)

Under the Republic Act 8904 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998, minors in the country are prohibited from taking test for HIV unless their parents consented because the procedure of taking a blood sample is deemed 'invasive'.

Moreover, Senoc claimed that social prejudice is what adds up on the rising cases of HID and AIDS. People often refuse to undergo the test because they are stigmatized by the public. To combat this, it can be remembered that last December 1, DCAC participated in the 27th World AIDS Day to spread the awareness to the public.

“Everybody is vulnerable to HIV-AIDS and this is not just an issue of sex. That is why we encourage people to engage in our campaign."




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HIV cases in Davao worsen; death toll reaches 9
Even the safest city in the country is also vulnerable to the dreaded disease.
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