Philippines=Paradise or is it? It wouldn’t seem that on these tranquil islands with soft spoken people would have much to worry about. That’s not the case when it comes to HIV/AIDS in any Third World Countries.
For the first time since 1984, the Filipino Department of Health has reported the highest number of new human immunodefficiency virus (HIV) cases in the country. March this year has been considered as the highest number of cases ever reported in the history of the Philippine HIV and AIDS registry since 1984, National Epidemiology Center (NEC) director Dr. Eric Tayag said.
The 313 new cases in March is 141 higher than the 172 individuals who were tested to be positive from HIV during the same period last year. That doesn’t sound like much to us but its exploded past the 1984 records and on thousands of tiny islands its a big deal. Sexual contact remains as the number one mode of transmission with 280 individuals engaging from the activity. Homosexual contact resulted to 143 new cases followed by bisexual contact with 89 and heterosexual contact with 48.
A better breakdown on some resent infections: Some 37 new HIV cases were overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), who got them through sexual contact. The report showed that these were transmitted through heterosexual contact (17), homosexual (13), and bisexual contacts (7). So, as always when traveling overseas, you need to be extra careful when sexual relations is involved. You can see why I noted in my blog: Secret Service Sex Scandal in Columbia that they were taking serious chances. Now you know.