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New HIV/AIDS Infections up 50% in Three Years

The Majority of New HIV/AIDS Cases in Bali Linked to Heterosexual Contact

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Bali Post reports that new cases of HIV/AIDS in Bali continue to grow with between 180-200 new infections recorded in the month of May 2015.

The head of Bali’s Health Department, Dr. Ketut Suarjaya, revealed that in 2013, an average 120-150 new cases of HIV/AIDS were reported each month. In 2014, the average increased to 150-180 and is now, in 2015, averaging 150-180.  This represents a 50% increase in new cases of the disease in the space of just three years.

The government continues to try to educate the public on the dangers of HIV/AIDS, especially among drug users and the younger generation. Surjaya urges the public to avoid unprotected sex with high-risk groups and the dangers of sharing needles for users of intravenous narcotics.

Bali’s top official also urges people to take advantage of free anonymous  screening so that life-saving drug treatment can commence as soon as possible. He stressed that HIV screening for pregnant woman was very important to prevent children being born with HIV/AIDS.

Surjaya said that many people from other areas of Indonesia suffering from HIV/AIDS are migrating to Bali to take advantage of the Island’s superior testing and counseling programs.

Provincial Health Department data says that 78.7% of HIV/AIDS cases in Bali are the result of heterosexual contact, 7.6% from homosexual contact and 6.9% from intravenous drug use. The remainder of infections is from indeterminate causes.

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