The regions with the highest number of reported cases for February 2015 were NCR with 262 (41%) cases, Region 7 with 96 (15%) cases, Region 4A with 95 (15%) cases & Region 3 with 48 (7%) cases. One hundred fifteen (18%) cases came from the rest of the country
PLHIV on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART)
HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC TRENDS IN THE PHILIPPINES (Jan 1984—Feb 2015)
The first case of HIV infection in the Philippines was reported in 1984. From January 1984 to February 2015, there has been 23,709 HIV Ab sero-positive cases reported to the HARP. Ninety-one percent (21,556) of the total reported cases were asymptomatic at the time of reporting.
Most (21,545 or 91%) were male*.
The median age* was 28 years old (age range: 1 year-82 years).
Half (11,953 or 51%) were from the 25-34 year age group while 6,191 (26%) were youth aged 15-24 years old.
Eighty-one percent (19,285) of all the 23,709 diagnosed cases in the Philippines were reported in the past five years, from January 2010 to February 2015 (Table 1). Most (93%) of these cases were still asymptomatic at the time of reporting.
Modes of Transmission (MOT) From January 1984 to February 2015
- MSM (homosexual and bisexual) was the predominant (17,012 or 79%) type of sexual transmission among males
- Followed by male-female sex (3,150 or 15%)
- Sharing of needles (1,052 or 5%)
- More than half (54% of 9,105) of cases among MSM belong to the 25-34 year age group
- 4,967 (29%) were youth 15-24 years old.
- Among females, male-female sex was the most common MOT (1,952 or 91%) followed by sharing of needles (76 or 4%).
- A total of 67 children (<10 years old) and 2 adolescents were reported to have acquired HIV through mother-to-child transmission, while 20 people were infected through blood transfusion (Table 3).
REPORT ON SPECIAL POPULATIONS
Youth (15-24 years old) In February 2015, 181 (28%) cases were among youth aged 15-24 years.
- Most (97%) were male.
- Ninety-three percent (169) were infected through sexual contact (17 heterosexual, 105 homosexual, 47 bisexual)
- 12 (7%) through needle sharing among IDUs.
Children (<10 years old ) and Adolescents (10-19 years old)
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW)
People who Engage in Transactional Sex