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Jakarta Post

Make cheaper HIV/AIDS treatment accessible

  • Aditya Wardhana

    Executive director, Indonesia AIDS Coalition

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 14 2019   /  01:32 am

JP/Aman RochmanIndonesia has an increasing HIV rate. Fueled by stigma and discrimination against the AIDS-affected population, the number of people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) in the country is among the highest in the region. According to a government survey, roughly 640,000 people are living with HIV in Indonesia, with only 124,813 (19.49 percent) of them undergoing crucial antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.Even as we commemorated World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Indonesia was in an HIV/AIDS epidemic emergency.The country has the lowest antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage in the region, even though the treatment is most important to maintain and improve the quality of life for PLHIV. Moreover, successful ARV treatment will also stop the spread of the infection to others.Data from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) shows that the prevalence of HIV amo...