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Jakarta Post

HIV/AIDS prevalence in prison steady: Survey

  • Luh De Suriyani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Mon, March 23 2009   /  01:23 pm

A survey conducted at Denpasar's Kerobokan Penitentiary, the island's largest prison, between late 2008 and early 2009 found 14 of 200 inmates tested positive for HIV/AIDS. The survey gathered data through an unlinked anonymous method. Meanwhile, a separate test carried out during the same period through the prison's voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) program found that out of 96 inmates taking part in the program, 10 tested positive for the virus. The figures suggest the prison's HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has remained steady in the last three years. In 2007, 12 inmates tested positive, and in 2008 the figure was 14. The prevalence rates in the last three years are significantly lower than in 2002, when 40 inmates tested positive for HIV/AIDS. In 2004, prison authorities formed an HIV/AIDS mitigation task force to carry out the first ever intervention and...