Bali's Badung regional government has opened an HIV/AIDS clinic at the Badung Public Hospital (RSUD Bandung), near Kapal.
Inaugurated on Tuesday, March 23, 2005, the Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Center located in a separate facility within the Hospital is seen as playing a key role in the coordinated efforts to control the spread of HIV/AIDS in Bali.
Local estimates now put the number of HIV/AIDS cases in Bali at more than 3,000. Experts believe infection rates may even higher given the lack of testing centers and the fear of possible discrimination against sufferers.
The newly opened voluntary counseling and testing center at the Kapal Public Hospital is intended to allow anonymous HIV testing to take place as the necessary first step to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing medical assistance to those stricken by the disease.
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