Issue of December 31, 2017
Mt. Province

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MP records 5 HIV cases
by Alpine L. Killa

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Five individuals were found positive of Human Immune Virus-Acute Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS) in the province, based on the records of the Department of Health from 1984 to present.

This was disclosed by Development Management Officer IV Claudio Pancho of the DOH-Mountain Province.

Pancho cited the ABC method to avoid and prevent the transmission of HIV-AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

The ABC stands for abstinence, being faithful or loyal to your partner, and correct and consistent use of condom.

Provincial Family Planning Coordinator and Nurse III Dolores B. Te-elan of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) said that counseling and free HIV testing are being offered at the Rural Health Units in Bauko, Bontoc, Sagada, Tadian, and Paracelis, and hospitals in Mountain Province such as the Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital, Bontoc General Hospital, and Paracelis District Hospital.

Te-elan added that in partnership with the DOH-Provincial Office, the provincial government through its PHO is continuously conducting massive information and education advocacy campaigns on prevention and awareness to combat HIV-AIDS, and STIs.

These are done through information drive through radio, during flag-raising ceremonies, and during provincial and municipal activities.

While STIs are treatable, health officials said that the public should be aware and be informed of the preventive measures.

The DOH and PHO said that common STIs are gonorrhoea, chlamydia, HIV, hepatitis B/C, herpes, genital warts, syphilis, pubic lice, and scabies.

The common signs and symptoms are unusual vaginal discharge, unusual penile discharge, sores/ulcer, burning sensation when urinating, swelling of the scrotum, and redness or itchiness around the vaginal or pelvic area.

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