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Education key to preventing HIV/AIDS among housewives

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 24 2019   /  01:01 am

With the Health Ministry’s data showing that housewives are the group most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS in Indonesia, a female reproductive health forum has said that educating women on reproductive health rights and fighting the stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are key to prevention.The ministry’s data shows that 14,721 of the 102,667 PLWHA recorded between 1987 and 2017 were housewives. The figure is higher than the 3,314 sex workers with HIV/AIDS.Housewives were at risk of HIV transmission from their husbands due to their lack of knowledge in reproductive health rights, said Hartini, an activist of the Indonesian Positive Women Network (IPPI) who is HIV-positive.Hartini was infected with HIV by her former husband. By the time she was diagnosed in 2008, she was already in clinical stage 4 of HIV, which is defined as the viral infection’s progression to AIDS. “I was ...