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146 HIV-AIDS cases hit alarm levels here

The number of HIV reactive patients in Negros Oriental has reached alarming proportions.

Only 99 in 2017, the number jumped to 146 with 62 recorded in Dumaguete and 15 in Tanjay.

Dr. Marie Julien Hitosis, physician in-charge of HIV-AIDs core team at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH), however, disclosed that not all of them are treated in the province. Some receive treatment from Cebu, Bacolod, or Iloilo.

Majority of those who tested positive for HIV were men having sex with men. Only 21 were female.

Dr. Hitosis said patients come to the provincial hospital for check up on a monthly basis for threatment as a regional hub.  This is unlike before when patients had to go to all the way to Cebu, Bacolod or Iloilo for treatment.

NOPH is extending anti-retro viral medicines coming from the central office of the Department of Health in Manila. Dr. Hitosis, however, clarified that the anti-retro viral medicine is not a cure for HIV. It will only boost the patient’s immune system while keeping the virus at bay.

Signs and symptoms of HIV includes flue-like fever, weight loss, headache, loss of appetite, pneumonia and even tuberculosis.