The rising number of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) patients in the Philippines has reached its alarming number. Moreover, as much as 700 out of which are Overseas Filipino Workers, as recorded by the Philippine Department of Health in 2018.
Just within the first nine months of this year, recorded cases of 697 OFWs were tested positive on the said virus that could result in Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The said OFWs came from different countries all over the world.
“Eighty-three people who worked overseas within the past five years of diagnosis, whether on land or at sea, were diagnosed in September 2018,” the DOH said in a report. “They comprise nine percent of the total newly diagnosed cases for the month,” it added.
Just on the 83 that tested positive on September, 73 were male and the rest were female.
“Among the female OFWs diagnosed in September 2018, one diagnosed case was from 15-24 age group, four cases were from the 25-34 and five were from 35-49 age groups,” says the DOH.
Those who are newly diagnosed patients come from female OFWs ages 22 to 49 years.
“The ages of male OFWs ranged from 23 to 67 years (median: 32 years) while 55 percent of the cases belonged to the 25-34 year age group,” the DOH confirmed. “Almost all of those who tested positive in September were infected through s3xual contact (23 male-female sex, 38 male-male s3x, and 21 s3x with both males and females).”
Since 1984 until 2018, there are already 6,135 OFWs who were tested to be positive with HIV/AIDS, 5,280 are male and 855 are female.
Most of the male cases were infected through the male-male s3x, according to Hong Kong News.