Since the total cases of HIV/AIDS caused by sexual intercourse and the use of shared syringes among drug users, plus other activities that contradict with religion, ethics and norms of many Indonesian people, society sometimes still think that people with HIV/AIDS need to be avoided or treated in discriminative way. While in fact people infected with the HIV virus need to be supported by the people surrounding them – like good people do with almost every other disease or sickness.
Some expected results of the ‘Aku Bangga Aku Tahu’ campaign are:
1. With a correct and comprehensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS, young people can protect themselves from getting infected with HIV- and if they are infected already, from infecting others with HIV.
2. Young people should have a certain indiscriminative attitude toward people who are infected with HIV.
3. Because people have more knowledge concerning HIV/AIDS, they are more likely to have themselves tested.
4. People who have been infected will get help sooner, so that they can live their live in a normal way.
In this campaign the knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS prevention and the need for prevention by using condoms will be delivered by experienced advisors with materials that have been adjusted to match Indonesian customs. It has become such a progressive step that the government is now aware that people also need to know about the use of condoms in order to prevent more HIV infections from happening and I hope that there will be many more campaigns like “Aku Bangga Aku Tahu” in the future.