CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 7, 2010) — Philippine health officials have raised the alarm over the rising cases of HIV or the human immunodeficiency virus in northern Mindanao.
The Center for Health Development said it recorded 34 new cases of HIV and the region now ranks number one in the number of people with the dreaded disease.
A regional health spokesman attributed the sudden increase of HIV cases to foreign tourists infected with the disease and had sex with local girls.
The National AIDS Registry has recorded at least 5,729 cases of HIV and AIDS (Acquired Deficiency Syndrome) since 1984 up to the present. (Bong Fabe)