Rise in HIV cases alarms Cebu City councilor

A CEBU City councilor expressed alarm over the rising number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases in the city.

Councilor Rey Gealon said on Friday, November 25, that he was surprised after hearing a report from national media that the total number of HIV cases in Central Visayas for January to May 2022 has reached 8,407, of which 4,993 or 59 percent came from Cebu City.

Because of this, the councilor from the city’s south district sent a letter to City Health Department head Dr. Daisy Villa to give them an update on how many HIV cases were reported from June to November and have this compared with the records over the past two to three years.

"I write to you in aid of legislation to enable this representation to effectively legislate on matters within your department, especially on the increasing number of newly diagnosed HIV and AIDS individuals," read part of the letter.

The first-term councilor said he wants to coordinate with Dr. Villa and the City Council on how to find ways to prevent the spread of the virus.

The councilor is worried that more people would be infected if the problem is not given proper action by the City Government. (PAC, TPT)