Hetrosexuals highest risk group for HIV infection in Bali

Professor Nyoman Mangku Karmaya, Indonesia's National AIDs Control Commission, 75% of Bali's HIV/AIDS cases due to heterosexual activity.

Indonesia’s National AIDS Control Commission says 75 per cent of people known to be living with HIV in Bali are heterosexuals and aged between 20 and 29-years-old.

According to Indonesian government’s newswire, Antara, there are a known 3,832 people infected by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and 3,459 known cases of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

Quoting Indonesia’s AIDs Control Commission coordinator Professor Nyoman Mangku Karmaya, Antara reports that HIV infection in Bali though heterosexual encounters the next highest risk group of HIV infection in Bali is intravenous drug users at 11.08 per cent, followed by homosexual HIV transmission in Bali at 4.16 per cent, with almost 10 per cent of Bali HIV infections attributed to other causes.

Antara quotes Professor Karmaya as saying the number of HIV cases in Bali continue to rise, with more cases being identified in the provincial regions of the popular Indonesian tourist destination, though it is not clear if this is due to increased testing regimes.

The Antara report also quotes Professor Karmaya as saying 40.19 per cent of Bali HIV/AIDS cases, or 2,930 people, were in the 20-29 years age group, with 36.33 per cent of Bali HIV/AIDS cases, or 2,649 people were in the 30-39 years age group.

The Australian Medical Association has previously warned about the danger of getting body piercings or tattoos in Bali, comparing it to the same risk as having unprotected sex.

After a Western Australian contracted HIV in Bali last year after getting a tattoo the Australian Medical Association (AMA) compared the risk of getting tattoos or body piercings there to the same risk as having unprotected sex.

Source: Antara: AIDS carriers in Bali growing

Related: HIV blood test leads to Australian Bali tattoo warning

Related: Thailand in HIV/AIDS Crisis

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