Monday, February 19, 2007

WHO recognises danger to Papuans of HIV/AIDs

According to the World Health Organisation, Indonesia faces a growing AIDS problem, particularly among drug users and prostitutes, while a recent survey shows two percent of the Papua population infected with HIV.

According to Reuters, the WHO report highlighted a growing concern over HIV cases in the remote eastern area of Papua, where it said a recent survey showed that prevalence of HIV in the general population was 20 times the national average and two percent were infected with HIV. The report said there was "recent evidence of a generalised epidemic" in Papua and cited the undeveloped health care system and a lack of resources to cope with the problem.

The term "Papua" used by Reuters appears to refer to both Indonesian provinces on New Guinea island and not specifically Papua province.

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