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Indonesia targets 3 zeros by 2030 in tackling HIV/AIDS

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Stella Maris of Indonesia, who is HIV-positive, gives a speech marking World AIDS Day in Jakarta December 1, 2006. Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, has set a target of three zeros by 2030 in tackling HIV/AIDS in the country. Reuters

JAKARTA (Xinhua) – Indonesia has set a target of three zeros by 2030 in tackling Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the country.

The target, comprised of no new HIV transmission, no more death from AIDS and no more discrimination against people living with AIDS (ODHA) by 2030, was released by Indonesian Health Ministry on Saturday to mark World AIDS Day.

In coping with the target, Indonesia has applied a particular mechanism called the Fast Track 90-90-90 since 2017, according to Health Ministry spokesperson Widyawati.

“The mechanism would accelerate health tests to identify people transmitted with HIV so as to get 90 percent figure of ODHA across the country, making 90 percent of ODHA aware that they had HIV and start to undergo anti-retroviral (ARV) treatments, assuring that 90 percent of ODHA were in medication process,” Ms Widyawati said in a statement.

Through all of those coordinated measures, the health ministry expects that HIV transmission among the public can be restrained, and would eventually end bad stigma as well as discrimination against them.

The government provides free ARV treatments that can be accessed in hospitals in 227 regencies and municipalities in 34 provinces, she said, adding that in total, 896 stations providing ARV treatments were available across the country at present.

As of June this year, HIV/AIDS patients in Indonesia has recorded 640,443, of which 47 percent, or 301,959 ones, were HIV patients.

Most of HIV/AIDS patients in Indonesia were in a range of ages between 20 and 49 years old.

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