MANILA, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines has recorded 449 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in July this year, the highest monthly number since the first case was reported in 1984, the Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday.
The July figure was 62 percent higher compared to the same period last year, according to the state agency citing the Philippine HIV and AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) Registry.
"Most of the cases (96 percent) were male. The median age was 27 years (age range: 5-60 years). The 20-29 year (57 percent) age group had the most number of cases," it said.
The latest new HIV cases brought the January to July figure to 2,772 cases or 14,474 cases from 1984 to July 2013, it said.
From January 1984 to July 2013, there were 814 reported deaths among people with HIV, the DOH said.