The confirmed incidence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Puerto Princesa City has gone up to a total of 242 patients, or 80 cases more from the number of persons diagnosed with the disease a year ago.
Regina R. Villapa, City Health Office Coordinator, said the 242 recorded HIV cases is the total number as of October 2017. In 2016, she said there were 162 HIV cases recorded.
Villapa attributed the increase to the heightened awareness of the public and the willingness of more people to undergo testing.
“At alam nila ang mga consequences kapag di sila na-diagnose or na-treat,” she said.
Villapa also attributed the increase of the HIV cases in Palawan to their office’s information- dissemination, along with other HIV advocates in Palawan who reach out to schools and barangays.
“Intensive na ang ginagawa nating intensive activities. Mayroon tayong mga partners who do the same activities.
She added that the Department of Health, through its regional offices, have been helping undertake their information campaign, even as she expressed the need to intensify their drive.
“Kailangan pa rin ng nakararami para mapakalat ang information,” Villapa added.