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Indonesia needs grand change to mitigate HIV/AIDS: Activists

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta/Bandung   /   Tue, December 3 2019   /  12:28 am
Let’s stop HIV together: Students carry posters with messages about HIV/AIDS during a World AIDS Day rally on Jl. Besar Ijen in Malang, East Java, on Sunday, to boost awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention.(JP/Aman Rochman)(JP/Aman Rochman)

Let’s stop HIV together: Students carry posters with messages about HIV/AIDS during a World AIDS Day rally on Jl. Besar Ijen in Malang, East Java, on Sunday, to boost awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention.(JP/Aman Rochman)In the middle of a Heroes Cemetery in Surakarta, Central Java, there is a home. Sometimes even taxi drivers do not want to go there. That is not only because it is in the middle of a quiet cemetery, but also because it is the residence of 32 children of the Lentera Foundation, a community-based organization for orphan children living with HIV/AIDS.Puger Mulyono, the founder of the foundation, said that for the children, it was their fourth house as people kept casting them out once they know they had HIV. Finally, with the help of local agencies and private institutions, they finally can “hopefully” have a permanent home.“Now, there are no demonstrations anymore b...