More than 1,000 new cases of HIV infections have been recorded in the first three months, with health officials noting that an average of 12 new cases are being recorded daily.
A total of 370 new human immunodeficiency virus have been registered in March, the Health Department said Wednesday, bringing year-to-date figures to 1,089 cases.
In March alone, the number of new cases jumped by 18 percent from the 313 cases recorded in March 2012, data from the Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry showed.
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This means that 12 new cases are tracked daily this year, compared to only eight cases a day in 2012, Assistant Health Sec. Enrique Tayag said.
Of the new cases recorded in March, 96 percent were males, with the report adding that 85 percent were males having sex with other males.
Patients' ages ranged from 17 to 63 years old, but the 20-29 year-old age group has the most number of cases at 59 percent.
Almost all of the new cases in March were spread through sexual contact, with only six cases contracted through injecting drug using shared needles.
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The youth group aged 15 to 24 years old meanwhile accounted for 98 of the cases recorded in March.
Infection in 11 of the cases recorded in March have already progressed to full-blown Acute Immunodeficiency Syndrome by the time of reporting.
Bulk of the new HIV cases were from Metro Manila (55 percent), Calabarzon (14 percent), Central Visayas (7 percent), Central Luzon (6 percent) and Davao Region (5 percent).
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