MANILA, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday that new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), rose by 19 percent on year to 495 in May.
This brought the new cases recorded in January to May to 2,320, nearly 23 percent higher than the 1,892 posted in the same period last year.
Of the new HIV cases recorded in May, DOH said 465 were infected through sexual contact while 30 were drug users who shared contaminated needles.
DOH said 140 of those who were infected in May were aged 15 to 24.
The Philippine capital region of Metro Manila accounted for 43 percent of new cases in May, followed by Region IV-A with 14 percent.
Citing figures from the Philippine HIV and AIDS Registry, the DOH said the total number of HIV cases has reached 18,863 since 1984.