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OFWs diagnosed with HIV grows, up by 12 percent

Number of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) that were diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have increased against same period last year according to ACTS-OFW Coalition of Organizations.

"The cumulative number of OFWs found living with HIV as of June has reached 6,760 – 5,844 men (86 percent) and 916 women (14 percent) – since the government began passive surveillance in 1984,” Aniceto Bertiz III said, ACTS-OFW chair.

The group advised that OFWs who may suspect that have acquired HIV in abroad must get themselves tested.

“A growing number of Filipinos living with HIV continue to live healthy and productive lives precisely because they are undergoing highly active treatment being provided for free by the government,” Bertiz added.

HIV still does not have any known cure, results in progressive deterioration of the immune system, and AIDS is the most advanced stage of it.


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