HIV testing, bring it on!

(Source: Hellosehat)

Jakarta, IO – Human Immunodeficiency Virus (“HIV”) infection remains a major health issue, whether globally or nationally. HIV cases in the Southeast Asia region contribute to no less than 10% of the total HIV burden on medical services worldwide. The prevalence of HIV in most of Indonesia is 0.26, with the Provinces of Papua and West Papua having the highest prevalence rate of 1.8% each. 

It is important for us all to prevent and cure the infection of people with the opportunistic infection known as the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (“AIDS”). “The purpose of HIV/AIDS mitigation is to end the HIV endemic by 2030. Success is indicated by the ‘Three Zero’, i.e. zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS related deaths, and zero discriminating stigmas across the globe. The fast-track scheme has the indicator targets that 95% HIV sufferers know their HIV statuses, 95% of HIV sufferers get treated, and 95% of the treated HIV sufferers experience virus suppression. According to our September 2022 data, we have not achieved the targets optimally: 79% for the first 95’s, 41% for the second 95’s, and 16% for the third 95’s,” reported dr. Imran Pambudi, MPH, Ministry of Health’s Director for the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases, in the “Unite Forces to Prevent HIV – All Equal to End AIDS” World AIDS Day 2022 media meet, Tuesday (29/11/2022). 

According to the Indonesian 2018-2022 HIV Discovery and Treatment data, out of the 526,841 HIV sufferers interviewed, only 417,778 persons or 79.30% were aware of their status, and only 169,767 or 41% of them received antiretroviral (“ARV”) therapy. There were 12,553 cases of HIV on children younger than 14, and only 4,764 of them received therapy. “We still find cases of children suffering from HIV each year. This shows that we need to strengthen our efforts to prevent HIV infection from mothers to their children. HIV cases predominantly occur in boys younger than 4,” he reported sadly.