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Jakarta Post

Fighting HIV with community-based sex education

  • Holly Payne

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 15 2020   /  02:26 am

Know your status: A health worker prepares to check blood samples at an event called Saya Berani, Saya Sehat (I'm Brave, I'm Healthy). (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)United Nations AIDS statistics indicate that only 11.37 percent of Indonesians aged 15 to 24 can correctly identify how to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.Clearly, there is a problem but the solution, however, remains murky.Sex and HIV are difficult topics to raise in a nation with no formal provisions for sex education as well as growing societal conservatism.A Jakarta-based academic from the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Psychology, Shahnaz Safitri, said this situation led curious children and teenagers to turn to pornography.“Students as early as elementary school in rural areas today have quite easy access to pornography,” she said.Because so many young Indonesians are not provided with baseline informati...