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Jakarta Post

Papua better protecting women against HIV/AIDS

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 12 2009   /  12:10 pm

Evening wear?: Women discuss a dress made of condoms on display at the venue of the 9th International Congress on AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region (ICAAP) in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday. JP/R. Berto WedhatamaPapua has intensified its campaign promoting the use of female condoms, after reports emerged of an increase in HIV/AIDS infections among residents. Papua HIV/AIDS Commission (KPA) chairman Constant Karma said his organization had worked with local NGOs and large corporations to distribute female condoms to more than 265,000 women. Recipients had included women from high-risk groups including sex workers. Mothers and housewives were targeted, because there had been an increase in HIV/AIDS infections among housewives over the past two years, Constant said at a press conference on the sidelines of the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), here...