Last May 23, 2017, the City Health Office of Cagayan de Oro City has reported that there are 300 persons in Northern Mindanao who got infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The Department of Health (DOH), on the other hand, documented about 42,272 HIV cases nationwide from 1984 to present.
The body’s immune system is protected by the White Blood Cells (WBC) called CD4 or T-cells guarding the body against germs and illness.
HIV can be transferred in several ways Blood (including menstrual blood), Semen (“cum”) and other male sexual fluids (“pre-cum”), Vaginal fluids and Breast milk.
When the virus infects the body, the immune system weakens which results to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The immune system loses its agents resulted in serious infections and illness.
As the number of reported cases of HIV and AIDS grow within the City, the need for awareness and information about support systems need to grow as well.
With these, we have taken upon ourselves to do a little research and inform the public of two existing HIV treatment hubs available in CDO with intentions of providing relevant information to help bridge the gap between the need and the support available which may not be within everyone’s knowledge.
Currently, there are two treatment hubs in the city:
City Health Office of Cagayan de Oro – Social Hygiene Clinic
Address: BSP Building, City Health Street, Cagayan de Oro
Phone: (8822) 721 189
Northern Mindanao Medical Center – HACT Treatment Hub
Address: Capitol Rd, Cagayan de Oro City
Phone: (8822) 726 362 | 0905 440 7272 | 0909 198 8382
|Class||Government / NGO operated facility|
|Rates, Fees and Other Charges||CD4 free (c/o OHAT package) | 2,500.00 (w/o PHIC)|
|Services and Programs||Free HIV testing and counseling, ART, IPT, PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis), antibiotics dispensing, consultation, condoms and lubricant distribution and initial CD4 testing (free every 6 months – monitoring)|
These days, it is highly advisable to have yourself checked (especially if you are sexually active), not only for your own sake but for your partner’s as well. Feel free to visit these treatment centers and be assured that care comes with the confidentially you deserve.