34 new HIV cases recorded in Northern Mindanao

ALARM bells were raised in Northern Mindanao after the Department of Health (DOH) office in the region bared that there were 34 new cases of HIV in the area.

Sixteen of the HIV-infected people are from Cagayan de Oro City, according to DOH Region 10 spokesperson Emiliano Galban Jr.

Galban attributed the sudden increase of HIV cases to the rapid commercialization and development of the city.

“(It’s)…because of the tourists and visitors who come to the city. And some, if not most, of them seek out local girls for sexual fun,” he said.

DOH’s Dr. David Mendoza said seven of the 16 are males who are now under the care of the Alliance Against AIDS in Mindanao.

Galban said that to prevent the disease from further spreading, the DOH had beefed up its health monitoring activities and services following the sudden increase in the number of HIV-infected persons in the region.

Meanhile, DOH regional director Dr. Jaime Bernadas lamented that Filipinos are very susceptible to HIV because there is no law requiring the mandatory testing of persons vulnerable to the disease. Albus D. Estabas

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