Bohol number 2 in HIV cases in Central Visayas

Bohol ranks second in terms of human immunideficiency virus (HIV) with 4,165 total cases recorded in Central Visayas as of June, since data first gathered in 1984, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.

The province tallied 153 cases and 27 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) cases, said Dr. Van Philip Baton of the DOH.

In Central Visayas, 257 persons have also been confirmed with full-blown AIDS during the period, said Baton, coordinator of Re-Emerging Infectious Disease Program of DOH in Region 7.

Cebu recorded the most number of HIV and AIDS cases with 3,665 and 219, respectively.

Negros Oriental tallied 84 HIV cases and 15 AIDS cases, while Siquijor, the least populated and smallest  province in the region, recorded six HIV cases in the same period, reports said.

The DOH expert said Cebu’s high number of HIV and AIDS cases to its location as gateway from other regions to the rest of Central Visayas.

“Cebu province, including the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu, posted the majority of the new cases this year. This could be explained by the fact that Cebu is a gateway to Mindanao and the Visayas areas, where people just come and go,” Baton said.

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