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Heterosexual transmission of HIV raises concerns

  • Djemi Amnifu and Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

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Kupang/Cilacap   /   Sat, September 16, 2017   /  10:45 am
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Against stigma – Counsellors from Rumah Cemara and Puzzle Club, two organizations concerned in fighting against HIV AIDS, introduce the importance of HIV AIDS tests to young people in a campaign themed “Love for Live” in the Indonesia Without Stigma program in Bandung, West Java, on Oct.22, 2016. (Antara/Fahrul Jayadiputra)

With the changing pattern of HIV, which is transmitting at a more rapid rate to the heterosexual partners of infected men, counselling and testing have become the backbone of government programs to prevent the spread of the deadly infectious disease. Unfortunately, many Indonesians are still reluctant to undergo voluntary HIV counselling and testing (VCT). “Many people in our society are unwilling or are afraid to check whether they have the disease,” said Husein Pancartius, secretary for the National AIDS Commission’s (KPA) East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) chapter. He said that thousands of people living in 22 regencies and municipalities across the province’s seven islands — Alor, Flores, Lembata, Rote, Sabu, Sumba and Timor — had tested positive for HIV and AIDS. “As of August, the number of people infected with HIV and AIDS has reached ...