The province of Capiz posted 140 cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Of the total cases, 36 percent or 50 were recorded in Roxas City.
Fe Salgado of the City Health Office said she was “alarmed” by the number.
She asked the help of the media to disseminate information on HIV/AIDS.
Salgado said Roxas City has a satellite treatment hub for persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAS).
The hub, according to her, is being managed by accredited and skilled members of the city’s HIV/AIDS Core Team (HACT) that provide voluntary preparatory and post counseling, testing as well as laboratory and referral services.
All in all, Western Visayas has 2,079 HIV/AIDS cases. Broken down, 555 from Iloilo City, 389 from Iloilo province, 363 from Bacolod City, 358 from Negros Occidental, 131 from Aklan, 102 from Antique, and 41 from Guimaras.IMT