Persons with HIV urged to seek help

BACOLOD City – The HIV and AIDS Core Team (HACT) of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) urged persons with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to visit their clinic amid the rising number of HIV-related cases in Negros Occidental.

HACT nurse Emmanuel Rectra II said their clinic is always open for individuals who want to be tested while assuring that their personal data will be held confidential.

Rectra also released new data taken from January to October 2017 indicating that Negros Occidental is home to 580 persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

The record is almost identical to the data from the Bacolod City Health Office (CHO) with 590 PLWHAs.

In Bacolod City, alone there are 304 PLWHAs while Bago City has recorded 27 and Talisay City with 18.

When asked on the difference between data from the HACT and the CHO, Rectra said the city health number of 590 does not cover end of October.

Negros Occidental also has the second-highest number of cases in Region 6, with Iloilo City posting 700 HIV-related cases.

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