25 blood units tainted with HIV in February

A TOTAL of 25 blood units have been found to be tainted with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in February, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

The number of blood units cannot be measured as of the moment as the February 2016 HIV/Aids Registry of the Philippines (Harp) said it does not have the total number of blood units donated for the whole month of February.

“These were confirmed positive blood units, not blood donors. One donor can donate more than one blood unit,” said the DOH.

The 25 blood units are lower than the 48 units found with HIV in January 2016.

In a related development, the health department said that out of the 751 total number of HIV cases reported in January, 76 people were found to have acquired the virus after engaging in transactional sex.

“People who engage in transactional sex are those who report that they pay for sex, regularly accept payment for sex or do both,” the agency said.

Of the 76, 33 were found to be those who paid for sex, including 32 males and one female.

Twenty-three people were found to have acquired HIV after accepting payment for sex, including 22 males and one female.

The remaining 20 were found to be engaged in both forms of transactional sex, including 17 male and three females. (HDT/Sunnex)

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