Davao Region has maintained the low prevalence rate of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases in 2015, the Reproductive Health and Wellness Center (RHWC) survey revealed.
RHWC Head Dr. Jordana Ramiterre said this is lower compared to other cities such as Quezon City, Manila and Cebu whose HIV prevalence rate reaches from 6 to 8 percent.
“For Davao City, tayo lang yung naka retain ng 5% prevalence ng HIV among males who have sex with other males,” said Ramiterre.
(For Davao City, we were the only region who retains the 5% prevalence rate of HIV cases among males who have sex with other males)
She said the use of condoms possibly contributed to the slower spread of the virus.
“And also doon sa surveillance namin, it was also seen that with the prevalence na na-sustain at 5%, there was increase in percentage of condom use,” she said.
(And with our surveillance, it was also seen that the sustained prevalence rate of 5% is closely linked to the increase in the percentage of condom use.)
In 2009, Davao Region ranked 3rd to have the most cases of HIV in the Philippines but it went down to 5th rank since 2011 up to 2015.
“In a way that is positive because probably, people here are more aware, more careful and if it indeed is increasing, it could be that people are accessing the testing already,” she said.
But the latest data of HIV cases calls for continued intensified campaign for HIV-AIDS.
Ramiterre bared that the RHWC have recorded a total of 20 HIV cases in October and 21 cases more in November 2015.
According to the report, HIV victims in October were males ages 15 to 24 years old and 25 to 34 years old.
Ramiterre assured the public that the supply and distribution of the anti-retroviral medicines for the HIV victims are not affected by the recent 1 billion budget cut from the Department of Health (DOH) for family planning commodities.
She urged the public to avail the services of the RHWC since it is free for everyone.
| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Davao City sustains low HIV case prevalence, January 13, 2016