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Jun '05

Ten Under-Five Infants in Papua Infected with HIV

Ten children aged under five years in Papua have tested positive for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), a provincial health official said.

“They may have been infected through their mothers,” Dr Tigor Silaban, head of the provincial health office, said here Friday.

The ten cases were spread over several districts and municipalities in the province, including Jayapura city, he said.

He called on expecting mothers, especially those running a high risk of being infected, to take a HIV test.

“For those indicated to be infected with the virus will be treated with anti retro virus (ARV),” he added.

According to official data on the HIV/AIDS situtation in Papua issued in September 2004, there were 1,706 AIDS patients in the province. Some 138 of them were housewives.

Meanwhile, data from the Directorate General for Contagious Diseases showed that up to September 2004, some 2,363 Indonesians have AIDS.

The disease has reached epidemic proportions with sufferers to be found in six provinces, namely Jakarta, Papua, Bali, West Java, East Java and Riau. Increases in the incidence of the deadly dieasse were reported in West Kalimantan, North Sumatra and North Sulawesi.

Sumber : (*) Antara News (cached)

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