HIV/AIDS was first discovered by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the US in 1981 but it spread from West Central Africa late in the 19th Century – early 20th Century. HIV/AIDS was also discovered in the Philippines during the early part of the 20th Century but was only confined to monkeys.
By 2015, there was an estimated 36.1 million HIV/AIDS cases worldwide and 1.1 million died that year. The pandemic has already claimed 39 million lives since the 1980s.
In the Philippines, HIV/AIDS was recorded in the mid-1980s, with actor George Estregan to be one of the most notable victims. In the past decade, the cases of HIV/AIDS continued to increase in the Philippines. The Department of Health (DOH) reported that early 2016, 804 new cases of the disease has been recorded. This was the highest rate of new cases since 1984 when it was first monitored nationally.
Although risk factors such as unprotected sex, transactional sex, multiple sex partners and syringe sharing among drug addicts are considered top causes of the infection, the dearth of testing facilities contributed to under-monitoring and persistent cases of infection.
The UN Joint Venture on AIDS warned that if left unchecked, the country can experience a full blown AIDS epidemic.
In its efforts to address the serious health concern In lieu with this, the HIV/AIDS & ART Registry of the Philippines has released their updated list of treatment hubs and facilities for HIV/AIDS in the Philippines.
Hereunder is the list:
It is the plan to present opportunities for early detection and intervention with regards to HIV/AIDS victims that the increase will be arrested.
There is no cure/vaccine for HIV/AIDS. The only effective protocol is for anti-retroviral drugs that will slow down the progress of the disease and improve life expectancy of those afflicted. Without such treatment protocols, the life expectancy of an infected person will only have a maximum of 11 years after infection.