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btw yg bener tu bukannya dispatched ya? i wonder if the letter 'e' was intentional? could be a secret message? hmmmmm...
anyway, 1 December kmrn was World AIDS day (WAD). WAD katanya wikipedia awalnya from UNAIDS, yg ngadain country leader summit on 1 dec 98, dan hence ngejadiin hari itu sbg world aids day.
after 9 years of the initiative, i would say that there's been more attention to this disease than a decade ago. this year's theme (or 2008's theme to be exact. 2007's almost over) was actually "Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise - Leadership".
InsyAllah di Indonesia HIV Breakout ga separah di Afrika. Mungkin masi banyak yg enggan buat 'periksa' or hv safe (free) sex. of course 'Taboo' would be the main cause. Watched MTV last nite on this reportage in India, dmn org2 masi enggan buat periksa or encourage safe sex. like Indonesia, free sex n having anything to do with this disease can cause a big shame to anyone, his/her family, n anybody who knows him/her :D
tp yah, mngkin persepsi yg salah jg. coz majority in Indo main causenya injected drug use (IDU). ato sebenernya unsafe sex tp banyak yg ga mo ngaku :p
The HIV epidemic in Indonesia is among the fastest growing in Asia. The majority of HIV infections are estimated to occur through the use of contaminated injecting equipment, unprotected paid sex and, to a lesser extent, unprotected sex between men. (Ministry of Health Indonesia & Statistics Indonesia, 2006). When surveyed in 2005, more than 40% of injecting drug users in Jakarta tested HIV-positive (WHO & Ministry of Health Indonesia, 2007), and about 13% in West Java (Ministry of Health Indonesia, 2006). In addition, many injecting drug users also buy or sell sex (Ministry of Health Indonesia & Statistics Indonesia, 2006). In 2005, approximately one quarter of injecting drug users in Bandung, Jakarta and Medan said they had had unprotected paid sex in the previous year (Ministry of Health Indonesia & Statistics Indonesia, 2006). In Papua province (bordering Papua New Guinea) the epidemic is more serious with unprotected sex being the main mode of transmission. In a province-wide population-based survey in Papua in 2006, adult HIV prevalence was estimated at 2.4%, and reached 3.2% in the remote highlands and 2.9% in less-accessible lowland areas. Among 15–24-year-olds, HIV prevalence was 3% (Ministry of Health Indonesia & Statistics Indonesia, 2007). 2007 AIDS Epidemic Update (USAID, December 2007, p.24)
The UNAIDS Indonesia country profile has some facts on the level of AIDS epidemics in our beloved country. Altho i think the data came from their 2005 report. shown on the page was the number of people living with AIDS in Indonesia is 170,000. however the most recent report by WHO showed that the number has increased to 193,000 (ranging from 169 000 to 216 000)in 2006 (WHO, 2007).
Here's a 2007 review on HIV and AIDS in Indonesia. Recommendations includes the wide-spread of condom use especially in places where sex-trade is common, encouragement for AIDS counseling and testing, improving the local health system in Papua (besides, Indonesia is a very heterogeneous country, you cant apply one kind of system n hope it would work in all regions), establish one national monitoring system and evaluation, strengthen self-help groups and networks for people living with and affected by HIV. It's also found that most of the time treatment and services did not reach their target groups, and that many STI drugs, clean needles, syringes and condoms supplied to IDUs who were contacted were inadequate.
hOWEva.. our ministry of health has set some national plans&goals for 2007-2011, and regions such as Papua, West Java, together with 4 other provinces with the most affected population (Bali, Jakarta, Riau and East Java) signed an MoU in 2004 that they are committed to combat HIV/AIDS, and had made amendment to public and justice policies regarding drug addiction, control of HIV/AIDS, etc. Except jakarta, yg notabene sejak pemilihan gubernur yg baru kmrn blm nyiapin policy apa2 soal ini. more on those stuffs are available on the WHO report :D
now back to work...