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Suffer the Little Children

Alarming Increase in HIV/AIDS Cases Among Balinese Children

(9/17/2011) The Bali Commission for the Control of AIDS (KPA) estimates there are at least 150 children in Bali suffering from HIV/AIDS. As reported by Beritabali.com, almost of the infected children are from families where both parents are also positive for HIV/AIDS.

The secretary for the KPA in Bali, Made Suprapta, said that generally instances in which children are infected with HIV/AIDS trace back to situations in which both parents are unaware of their own infection with the disease.

He says the lack of knowledge of the dangers and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is directly linked to the lack of understanding on the need to undertake HIV/AIDS testing and participate in voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) programs.

Suprapta said the rising number of HIV/AIDS cases among children in Bali was most concerning, adding that he had no firm figures on the percentage increase in such infections.

The Bali Department of Health estimates the total number of HIV/AIDS cases in Bali stands at 4,600.