Manila, Philippines – More than 1,000 young adults aged 15 to 24 were confirmed positive for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) this year, the Department of Health (DoH) revealed.
According to the latest HIV/AIDS registry released by the National Epidemiology Center, 1,250 young individuals aged 15 to 24 tested positive for the virus.
The November registry tallied 384 new HIV cases, bringing the total to 4,456 from January to November 2013.
Three children less than three-years-old also tested positive for HIV.
Overseas Filipino Workers who tested positive for the virus reached 465. Ninety-nine percent acquired the infection through sexual contact and seven through injecting drug use.
As of November, 274 blood units were confirmed positive for HIV by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City.
“These are confirmed positive blood units, not blood donors. One donor can donate more than one blood unit. HIV positive blood donors may not be in the HIV and AIDS registry unless they underwent voluntary counseling and testing as individuals,” the registry said.
Since 1984, the DoH has recorded 16,158 HIV and 1,456 AIDS cases. (Jenny F. Manongdo)