Every day, an average of two persons are diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Western Visayas, according to the Department of Health (DOH-6).
The DOH-6 recorded 3, 175 cumulative HIV cases in the region from January 1986 to February 2019.
Iloilo City posted the highest number of HIV cases with 791 cases. It was followed by Iloilo province with 777; Negros Occidental, 554; Bacolod City, 506; Capiz, 222; Aklan, 209; Antique, 164; and Guimaras 63.
A total of 303 people died of HIV in the region as of February this year.
The DOH-6 said 177 or more than half of the total number of HIV deaths were recorded from 2016 to February 2019.
Christine Mosqueda, regional STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) nurse coordinator of DOH-6, encouraged people to undergo HIV testing so they will know their status.
Early diagnosis, according to Mosqueda, is important.
“Kay kon late kana nga madiagnose despite sang retro-viral therapy kung kis a indi na gid marevive kon tam-an na gd ka nubo or deficient ang immune system,” she explained.
In the whole country, the DOH registred 64, 291 HIV cases as of February this year.
On May 19, the world will 36th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.
“This is global commemoration wherein gina remember naton those who died of HIV-AIDS and of course to raise awareness nga indi ni lango-lango ni subong kay naga increase kag naga increase man ang death cases,” Mosqueda said.
The commemoration in the region will be held at St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary in Jaro district. It will start with a mass at 5 p.m.
With the theme “Intensifying the fight for Health and Right,” the commemoration will be spearheaded by Catholic leaders.IMT