Tuesday, March 13, 2012

12 Year Old Davao Girl - Youngest HIV Victim

I was saddened when i read the news about this 12 year old girl from Davao City who was recently identified to have an HIV ( Human Immunodeficiency Virus). That's how critical the figures are today and unless we care so much about this issue then i don't think this case will be solved the soonest. I could still vividly remember how everyone reacts when the publicized confession of the first victim Sarah Jane first aired. There was so much sympathy for the girl and much more awareness than what we have now. Sadly, after a decade of fighting this deadly virus, up until now the fight is still not winnable. Here's an excerpt of the article:


DAVAO CITY -- A 12–year-old girl from this city has become the youngest person to become infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through sexual intercourse, a city health official said.
Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, City Health Office (CHO) chief, said the girl is the youngest since the city started monitoring HIV cases in 1993.
"Naay mga bata na karon na naga-engage na sa sex at a very young age (There are children now who engage in sex at a very young age)," Villafuerte said.
She said 22 new cases of persons living with HIV, 21 of them are males, have been recorded between January and March this year. The new cases have brought the number of persons living with HIV in the city to 140.
Villafuerte said 39 new cases have been recorded in the city in the whole of 2010. READ MORE

Source: Sun Star
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