South China Morning Post Examines Efforts to Raise Awareness About HIV/AIDS Among Sex Workers in Bali, Indonesia
March 12, 2008
The South China Morning Post on Tuesday examined efforts to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers in Bali, Indonesia. Official figures show that about 4,000 people were living with HIV/AIDS in Bali as of August 2007 and that at least 1,000 more will contract the virus this year. In addition, more than half of the new cases will be transmitted through sexual contact, according to the Kerti Praja Foundation, which is Bali's chapter of the National AIDS Commission.
KPAD Bali and Kelakan are working together on a program that provides education, prevention measures, medical attention and other support to sex workers. Kelakan said the program provides HIV/AIDS education, condoms and no-cost health checkups to sex workers. "We cannot wait for people to die first, and then set up a prevention program," Wirawan said (Scarpello, South China Morning Post, 3/11).
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