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Baguio City AIDs Watch Council flags rising HIV cases

Baguio City’s AIDS Watch Council has raised alarm over the continuous increase of HIV cases in the summer capital.

“As of August 2022, there were 544 active cases recorded,” assistant city health officer and AWC action officer Dr. Celiaflor Brillantes said in an interview.

According to ACW’s data, cases peaked in May of this year with 122 active cases. It continued to rise during the pandemic when the city Health Services Office (HSO) resumed the free HIV testing for the public.

AWC also urged the local government to finalize policies and guidelines for an intensified approach to testing, treatment, and monitoring for HIV AIDS through a program implementation review, strategic planning, and implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

“Measures should be done to prevent the further increase in cases,” she said.