ZAMBOANGA CITY – The death of a 2-year-old child due to a human immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV / AIDS) acquired through immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV / AIDS) has alarmed local health officials as the disease has already crept into the general population.
The toddler who got the virus from one of the parents has already been classified as a person with HIV / AIDS.
"It is alarming because it means that HIV / AIDS is no longer in a typical sexual transmission mode, but has already affected the general population," said Drs. Kibtiya Uddin, deputy municipal health officer.
"We have pregnant mothers and children under the age of 15 who have now been identified as having HIV / AIDS," she said.
With "general population" Uddin said that all parts of the population were affected regardless of gender and age, she said. However, she added that 99 percent of the cause of HIV / AIDS transmission was still caused by sexual activity.
The Municipal Department of Health's HIV registry showed that there were two pregnant mothers classified as living with HIV / AIDS and two other children aged 6 and 7 who were affected. Two more cases are still under review.
The two infected children got the virus from their mothers.
"We do not know the nutritional status of these two children, but we are checking that now. We will try to do something to extend their lives, "Uddin said.
The number of HIV / AIDS cases in Zamboanga City has risen to 433 since 1995. Of the total of 69 patients, they had died. Seventeen died in 2017, the highest in a year.
Uddin also cited the alarming increase in cases among minors and adolescents. She found 134 cases in adolescents aged 15 to 24 years.
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