Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Denpasar Reports 2,408 HIV/AIDS Cases


The number of HIV/AIDS cases in Denpasar reached 2,408 as of March 2012, an official said.

“The Denpasar community are heterogeneous and have high mobility, so we do not rule out the possibility that the number of HIV/AIDS cases will increase. These HIV/AIDS cases are just the tip of the iceberg,” head of the Denpasar City AIDS Prevention Commission I Gusti Ngurah Jaya Negara said.

The number of HIV/AIDS cases included 1,218 HIV carriers consisting of 457 women and 761 men, said Negara, who is also Denpasar’s deputy mayor.

He said the number of AIDS cases alone reached 1,190 consisting of 376 women and 814 men.

“We have tried to handle the cases by making all elements of the community, including students, cafe workers, massage-parlour workers and commercial sex workers aware of the danger of HIV/AIDS,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ketut Sukanata, a member of the Bali Provincial AIDS Prevention Commission, said the number of HIV/AIDS cases in Bali was rising significantly every year.

“In 2010, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS reached 4,210. The figure rose to 5,222 at the end of 2011,” he said.

Of the total, 1,197 were 20-29 years old, 969 were 30-39 years old, 333 were 40-59 years old and 19 were less than one year old, he said.

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