Indonesian Islamists Protest Condom Use for Preventing AIDS
December 1, 2009
About 700 members of the Muslim Women of Hizbut Tahrir political party rallied today in Surabaya in East Java, marking World AIDS Day with calls to prevent HIV/AIDS through the establishment of sharia law. "We have to admit that using condoms is equal to legalizing free sex," said Febrianti Abassuni, a spokesperson. "We hope that the government stops the program and returns to the application of sharia," the strict Islamic legal code. The party rally also rejected harm-reduction interventions among drug users. "It has been proved that harm reduction cannot stop the behavior of drug users and cannot guarantee that they won't share the needles," said Nurul Izzati, another Hizbut spokesperson. "We also urge the government to close down brothels." Hundreds of Hizbut Tahrir members rallied on Sunday in Jakarta, Solo, Yogyakarta, and Makassar. Some 270,000 Indonesians have HIV, and the nation has lost about 8,700 people to AIDS, according to UNAIDS.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.