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Bali mulls reproductive health in curriculum

  • Luh De Suriyani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Mon, February 28 2011   /  11:33 am

Following the increase of HIV/AIDS cases among youth, the provincial administration is considering including reproductive health in school curriculum, an official says.

Bali Health Agency head I Nyoman Sutedja said over the weekend that his agency would propose to the Education Agency to include it in the program of study.

The agency’s data showed that the number of HIV/AIDS patients among 15 to 19-year-olds and 20 to 29-year-olds keeps rising, saying the main transmission is from pre-marital sex, which is also the cause of an increasing number of unwanted pregnancies among Bali’s youth.

“There are more younger patients contracting the infection. This is an alarming development,” Sutedja said.

Data from 2010 showed 80 percent of new HIV/AIDS patients were between 15 to 29 years old, 300 more than the previous year.

The figure brings the number o...