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HIV/AIDS prevention remains
vital: Health minister

Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi is pushing for campaigns to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS despite the disease’s low level of incidence in Indonesia.

“Practicing clean and healthy living behavior, yes; having only responsible and safe sex, yes; and last but not least, also say yes to disease prevention, such as avoiding smoking,” Nafsiah said.

Although only 0.3 percent of the country’s population suffered from HIV/AIDS, 6 million people regularly engaged in risky sexual behavior,the minister said.

Sexual transmission comprised of 73 percent of new AIDS infection in the first half of 2012, while intravenous drug users accounted for 16.3 percent. (lfr)

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