Homemakers top sex workers for HIV-AIDS infections in NTB
The number of housewives infected with HIV/AIDS in West Nusa
Tenggara (NTB) has increased by four in December 2008, upping the
tally to 25, more than the number of infected sex workers for the
same period, which has reached 21, a social worker said Tuesday.
"The housewives probably contracted HIV from their husbands or
because of their own risky behavior," NTB welfare officer Rohmi
Khoiriyati told tempointeraktif.com.
The total number of HIV infections in NTB has reached 137, 83 of
which have progressed into full-blown AIDS.
Khoiriyati said cases of infection among women who categorize
themselves as homemakers were reported across NTB's nine
The region's Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) centers,
however, only operate in five regencies and another in Lombok.
"HIV/AIDS has definitely penetrated households here, indicated by
the rate of HIV infection occurring among these women," she said.
Khoiriyati said another cause for concern was the fact that
HIV/AIDS had crossed into another social group. Seven farm
laborers have contracted the life-threatening disease, five
infected with HIV and two with full-blown AIDS. (amr)