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Jakarta Post

RI must step up efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS

  • Ardila Syakriah


Jakarta   /   Tue, December 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Creative work for noble cause: Students paint slogans on T-shirts about HIV/AIDS during a program organized by the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) at Hotel Indonesia Traffic Island Circle in Jakarta recently. The program was organized as part of PMI’s campaign to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among youngsters. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

This year's World AIDS Day has prompted calls to reflect on what Indonesia has been doing wrong in its efforts, or lack thereof, to tackle the epidemic as the country falls far behind screening and treatment targets. In 2016 Indonesia joined other countries in committing to the United Nations General Assembly’s Political Declaration on Ending AIDS to reach the 90–90–90 targets by 2020; 90 percent of people with HIV/AIDS being aware of their HIV status, 90 percent of them getting ARV treatment and 90 percent of them having their viral load suppressed. This is part of a global effort to end AIDS with zero new infections, zero deaths and zero stigma and discrimination by 2030. However, the Health Ministry's director for direct infectious diseases, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said during a press briefing on Monday ahead of World AIDS Day, which falls on Dec. 1, tha...