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In September 2012, there were 316 new HIV Ab sero-positive individuals confirmed by the STD/AIDS Cooperative Central Laboratory (SACCL) and reported to the HIV and AIDS Registry. This was 25% higher compared to the same period last year. Most of the cases (96%) were males. The median age was 28 years (age range: 16-70 years). The 20-29 year (57%) age-group had the most number of cases. Fifty-four percent (170) of the reported cases were from the National Capital Region (NCR). Reported modes of transmission were sexual contact (312) and needle sharing among injecting drug users (4). Males having sex with other males (82%) were the predominant type of sexual transmission. Most (97%) of the cases were still asymptomatic at the time of reporting.

AIDS Cases

Of the 316 HIV positive cases, ten were reported as AIDS cases, all were males. The median age is 24 years (age range: 16-49 years). All acquired the infection through sexual contact (6 homosexual, 1 heterosexual and 3 bisexual). There was no reported death for this month. From 1984 to 2012, there were 1,108 AIDS cases reported. Seventy-six percent (842) were males.

In September 2012, bulk of the new HIV cases came from NCR, Region 4A, Region 7, Region 3, and Region 11. The three highest reporting regions were NCR, Region 4A, and Region 7.

Source: National HIV/AIDS & STI Strategic Information and Surveillance Unit