Thursday, February 22, 2007

Increasing child/youth AIDS infection in Merauke

At least 113 young people, under 20 years old, from Merauke regency in Papua province have been infected by HIV/AIDS since they were in wombs of their mothers, officials told Antara newsagency. Head of Merauke's HIV/AIDS Controlling Commission (KPAD) Waryono said 26 of them age up to 4 years, six age between 5 to 9 years and 81 others age between 10 to 19 years.

Meanwhile, the number of reported cases of adults with HIV/AIDS has now reached 639. Waryono, who is also Merauke deputy regent, blames the large number on "permissive sex", Antara reported.

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