The Jakarta Post
Activists in Jakarta are intensifying efforts to raise awareness ahead of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, with a series of activities, including a social media campaign under the hashtag #KamuBisa (You Can).
The Indonesian AIDS Foundation (YAI) will run a series of events, presenting music performances and talk shows attended by all members of society, at various malls around the capital to raise public awareness about HIV and AIDS.
"These events have a mission to convey the message that it is not only we [YAI] who care about HIV and AIDS in Indonesia, but also all members of society," according to a statement released on Friday.
The team of YAI’s campaign this year is "You can be infected! You can prevent it" as well as to extend empathy toward those who are infected.
YAI noted that on average 89 people throughout the first quarter of the year were infected with HIV every day, while four people were infected by AIDS each day. The foundation believes the real figure is higher, referring to the official numbers as "just the tip of the iceberg".
"If there isn't awareness and serious prevention, it will be no surprise if HIV and AIDS numbers rise every day, month and year in Indonesia," YAI said in its statement. (bbn)