06 Apr 136 Inmates in Cebu Tested Positive for HIV
From Philippine Daily Inquirer news article, the Cebu city officials were alarmed after finding out that there are 136 inmates in the city jail who were positive in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) after having their latest blood test at the Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center (BBRC).
According to City Councilor Dave Tumulak that 88 inmates were tested positive before their detention and were undergoing medication while 36 were scheduled for the medical examination. And they also found out that there are three inmates who refused to undergo treatment.
Moreover, Tumulak said that 48 inmates were suspected of sharing contaminated needles to took painkillers before acquiring the disease. And after using it, the inmates might bury the needles and syringe since the jail official didn’t find anything during the inspection.
Thus, HIV is from body fluids such as blood, semen, pre-seminal fluids, rectal, vaginal and breast milk and can be transmitted through unprotected sex, sharing of needles and syringe, breastfeeding of a child.
News Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer