TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Alarm raised on HIV ‘epidemic’ in Papua

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Fri, February 17 2012   /  10:46 am

Ilustration by KOMPAS.comThe incidence of HIV/AIDS in Papua has become a general epidemic stage that requires immediate action to prevent the further spread of the disease into the wider community, according to the province’s public health chief.

“The prevalence is already 2.4 percent, meaning that the virus no longer only infects high-risk groups, but has become widespread in the community,” Papua Health Agency chief Joseph Rinta said in Jayapura earlier this week.

There have been 10,785 cases of HIV/AIDS recorded in Papua, although officials said the actual number of infections was closer to 24,000.

Most of those infected were in their productive age between 20 and 40 years. More than 116 babies were reported with HIV infections passed on by their infected mothers.

While distribution of free antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to people living with HIV/AIDS ha...