Baguio City tops HIV-AIDS cases in CAR

BAGUIO CITY – Baguio City has the most number of HIV/AIDS cases in the Cordillera region based on reported cases from 1984 to the present, the regional office of the Department of Health said on Wednesday.

Some 19 asymptomatic cases were reported from January to April this year, while seven asymptomatic cases were recorded in April.

Geeny Anne Austria of the regional health office said there were 177 cases in Baguio City – 17 full-blown AIDS and 160 asymptomatic cases or those who have HIV but are not feeling sick.

Abra province has one AIDS case and 26 asymptomatic cases, while Benguet province has 23 asymptomatic cases.

Asymptomatic cases were also recorded in Apayao (7), Ifugao (5), Kalinga (4) and Mountain Province (5).

Austria said there are 18 full-blown cases and 230 asymptomatic cases in the entire region.

Dr. Celiaflor Brillantes of the Baguio City Health Services Office (BCHSO) meanwhile said that 219 of the total figure were males and 111 were homosexuals.

Brillantes encouraged the public to avail of the AIDS tests at the HSOs or any government hospital around the country.

Needles are not the primary mode of infection because clinics and hospitals use disposable needles, as proven by just a single case of transfusion, she said.

The top cause of infection was homosexuality, she noted.

Austria said that with the number of cases, 248 was just 1 percent of the total number of cases in the country and among 18 regions, the Cordillera region was ranked 14.

She confirmed that the first three regions with the most number of cases are the National Capital Region (NCR), Region 7 (Central Visayas) and Region 4-A (CALABARZON). PNA/