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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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77 die from HIV-AIDS

A total of 77 people have died in Negros Occidental from complications due to the human immunodeficiency virus-acquired immune deficiency syndrome from 2007 to 2016, Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital-HIV/AIDS Treatment Hub reports show.

Meanwhile, 234 are currently under antiretroviral therapy in the CLMMRH treatment hub, 18 are alive but not under medication, records showed.

The cases of HIV-AIDS in Negros Occidental had increased by 85 percent as of November last year, the report said.

From 61 in 2014, the cases almost doubled to 104 in 2015, while Bacolod City was categorized as one with the highest prevalence in the country. Of the cases in the country 95 percent are male patients between the ages 25 and 34, it added.

The CLMMRH-HACT is urging Negrenses, especially the young adults, to avail of the free pre-test counseling, laboratory testing, and post-test counseling.

Almost all medications are also provided for free to those who are undergoing the antiretroviral treatment. The treatment hub is extending its services to the community, with guaranteed confidentiality, Albert Acson, of the CLMMRH-HACT said.

Acson said even those who have not been diagnosed with HIV can still help by encouraging friends, co-workers and family members to get tested.*KBC



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