BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Davao City has the most number of cases of Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) in Mindanao, with about 12 new cases reported to health authorities every month.per month.
There are 300 Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) cases in the entire Mindanao island, 189 of them in Davao City, with 40 percent of the cases having already ballooned to full-blown Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
The Philippines is now among the seven top countries with the highest number of HIV positive cases. Although the number is low in the Philippines, the trend of infection is increasing, said Alma Mondragon, executive director of Alliance Against AIDS in Mindanao or Alagad Mindanao, Inc.
Mondragon said in Davao City, the trend was also rising with about 12 new HIV positive cases per month.
Mondragon said HIV infection eventually end up as AIDS cases.
Treating the deadly disease is expensive.
And the antiretroviral (ARV) drugs used in the treatment of HIV virus merely suppress the impact of the virus in order to prolong the life of the patient, said Mondragon.
ARV cost about P70,000 to P80,000, Kenneth Sadia of the RHWC, a special unit of the Davao City Health Office, said.
“Every now and then, the status of the HIV positive patient’s changes and 100 percent of HIV patients will progress to AIDS, it’s a matter of time,” she said.