16 Aug 2010

More than a hundred soldiers treated for HIV/Aids in Papua in Indonesia this year

6:22 am on 16 August 2010

In Indonesia's Papua province, as many as 144 soldiers had been admitted to a hospital with HIV/AIDS between January and May this year.

The hospital director at the Jayapura hospital, Papua's capital, told the Jakarta Post newspaper four of the soldiers had died.

Yenny Purnama said the rest were undergoing medical treatment at the hospital or had been transferred to the local branch office of the National AIDS Commission.

Yenny Purnama said soldiers testing positive to HIV received regular drugs from the hospital and were performing regular duties.

Statistically, Papua is among the provinces with highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS.