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World AIDS Day in Bali

Various Events Underway to Mark World AIDS Day on an Island Home to More than 1,000 Confirmed Cases of HIV/AIDS.

(12/1/2006) The Indonesian-language Bali Post reports that recorded cases of HIV/AIDS infections in Bali total 1,136 - making Bali the 5th highest center of known cases nationally after Jakarta, Papua, Riau and East Java. Nationwide an estimated 4,617 people suffer from AIDS and 6.987 from AIDS.

Bali health workers count 782 people as infected with HIV and another 354 under treatment for AIDS. The highest rate of HIV infection is in Denpasar with 614 cases, followed by Badung 282, Buleleng 134, Tabanan 33, Jembrana 28, Gianyar 28, Klungkung 7, Karangasem 6 and Bangli 4.

An estimated 83 persons have died of HIV/AIDS in Bali since records were established for tracking the illness.

World AIDS Day December 1, 2006

To mark World AIDS Day which falls on December 1, 2006 a number of HIV/AIDS awareness activities are underway in Bali including month-long educational programs at local schools, dialogues on local TV stations, an AIDS commemoration ceremony in downtown Denpasar on December 1st, distribution of flyers on HIV/AIDS education and a special concert planned for December 17th in Kuta.