Updated on 12 May 2015
The new cases recorded were 34 percent higher compared to the 498 cases recorded during the same period last year
Singapore: A total of 667 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus were recorded in the Philippines in the month of March, the highest number since the virus was found in 1984, said the country's Department of Health (DOH).
The new cases recorded were also 34 percent higher compared to the 498 cases recorded during the same period last year. Health officials reported that 24 of the new HIV cases have progressed into full-blown AIDS, while 18 have died.
The DOH urged the public to undergo HIV testing to get an accurate picture of the disease in the country and implement a right program to combat it.
The DOH also plans to conduct a week-long free HIV testing program in all social hygiene clinics nationwide to identify new cases and curtail the spread.