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Jakarta Post

Women with HIV face greater risks

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, November 30 2010   /  10:23 am

Women are not only more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS infection, they also face greater risks of violence and discrimination when they become infected by the deadly virus.

The percentage of women living with HIV/AIDS in Indonesia has been rising steadily. In 1989, women made up only 2.5 percent of people in the country living with HIV/AIDS, but by 2009 the figure had jumped to 25.5 percent.

As of December 2009, data from the Health Ministry showed that of 3,525 women with HIV/AIDS, 1,970 were housewives, 604 female sexual workers and 366 regular employees. Other data showed that based on the infection mode, the highest percentage of infections occurred in the heterosexual activity category with 51.30 percent, while hypodermic needle drug users accounted for 39.60 percent, homosexual activity 3.1 percent and perinatal (the period immediately before and after birth) just 2.6 percen...