Fri, 19 Apr 2019

KALIBO, Aklan, September 20 (PIA6) -- Awareness on the prevention and danger of Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is still the best weapon to combat it, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) here.

The status of HIV-AIDS cases in Aklan was one of the topics discussed by the PHO when it recently conducted a consultative meeting of the Provincial Implementation Team (PIT) in order to update the status of Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) in Kalibo, attended by the members coming from various national government and provincial offices, and health provider organizations in the province.

Based on PHO records, a total of 165 HIV-AIDS cases in Aklan had been listed from January 1986 to May 2018.

All of Aklan's 17 municipalities have HIV-AIDS cases as of May 2018 with Kalibo having the biggest number with 48 followed by Malay with 35, Nabas with 10, Banga and Ibajay both with nine each; Altavas, Batan and Numancia with seven cases each; Tangalan with six, Lezo and Malinao with give each, Balete and Makato with four each, Buruanga with three, Libacao and New Washington with two each, and Madalag with one case.

A case from an unknown/undisclosed area in Aklan was also listed.

By sex, males with HIV-AIDS in Aklan comprised 157 cases or 95 percent, while females, numbering eight, comprised 5 percent.

According to PHO-Aklan, men having sex with men (MSM) is the main reason why there are more men in Aklan who are infected with HIV-AIDS than women.

PHO-Aklan also revealed that the 25 to 34 years old age group has the highest number of HIV-AIDS cases with 89, while those in the 35 to 49 years old group had 33, the 15 to 24 years old group had 31, and 50 years and above age group has12 cases.

This is still for the period January 1986 to May 2018, record showed.

Homosexual sex is the mode of HIV-AIDS transmission with the highest cases with 84 or 51percent, bisexual sex with 53 or 32 percent, heterosexual sex with 26 or 16 percent, and unknown with two cases or 1percent.

The PHO has listed three Aklanon deaths due to HIV-AIDS in 2016 and four in 2017, and zero death so far this year.

To generate further awareness on HIV-AIDS and its prevention, the province, through the Provincial AIDS Council, the Butterfly Brigade, which is an organization of Aklan's gay community, with other entities will be holding again a search for Ms. World AIDS Day.

The contestants will come from the gay community representing the different municipalities of Aklan.

The contenders will not only showcase their beauty and talents but deliver their advocacies or statements on HIV-AIDS to the public. (JBG/VGV/PIA6-Aklan)

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