TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The knock-on impact of the pandemic threatened the progress of other diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
In Tabuk City, records from the City Health Office (CHO) show there are three reported cases of HIV infection since 2021, increasing the total HIV cases from 21 to 24.
The record shows that infected individuals are becoming younger with a case belonging to the 15-24 age group category with most transmissions are from males having sexual intercourse with males, and males having sexual intercourse with both genders.
Apart from the cases in the city, there is one recorded case in Pinukpuk from January to October 2021.
In total, the collective number of HIV cases in the province of Kalinga is now at 29 as of date, with 24 cases in Tabuk City, four in Pinukpuk, and one in Tanudan.
The city government continues to toughen efforts on HIV awareness and prevention, with stringent reminders to the public to refrain from unsafe sexual practices. By Ruth Cupang