ZAMBOANGA CITY – The death of a two-year-old child due to the human immunodeficiency syndrome of immunodeficiency (HIV / AIDS) has been disturbed by the local health service because it meant that the disease had already entered the general population.
Toddler, who received the virus from one of his parents, was already categorized as a person living with HIV / AIDS.
"It's alarming because it means that HIV / AIDS is no longer in typical sexual transmission, but it has already affected the general population," said Dr Kibtiya Uddin, assistant of the city healthcare worker.
"We have pregnant mothers and children older than 15, now identified as people living with HIV / AIDS," she said.
According to the "general population", Uddin meant that all parts of the population, regardless of sex and age, had already been affected, she said. She added, however, that 99 percent of the cause of HIV / AIDS transmission was still through sexual activity.
The HIV registry of the City Health Center has shown here that two pregnant mothers, classified as people living with HIV / AIDS, and another two children, 6 and 7 years, were affected. Two more cases are still confirmed.
Two infected children received a virus from their mother.
"We do not know the nutritional status of these two children, but we are looking at it now. We will try to do something to extend our lives," Uddin said.
The number of HIV / AIDS cases in the city of Zamboanga increased to 433 in 1995. Out of a total of 69 patients died. Seventeen died in 2017, which is one in a year.
Uddin also noted an alarming increase in the number of cases of juveniles and teenagers. She recorded 134 cases among young people, aged 15 to 24.
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