Around 1.328 of military soldiers in Indonesia are infected with the HIV virus and until the 30th of June 2015, around 343 of these soldiers have died from it. Like ordinary civilians, the military is inseparable from the problem.
This has caught the attention of many concerned parties. Especially with the fear of ‘the iceberg phenomenon’, which means that we only can see the tip of it and there is a big chance that the actual number of HIV/AIDS positive people is much higher. The number of new cases increases every year and HIV/AIDS remains one of the most important issues in public health today.
Many people argue that more organizations have to anticipate this problem and start to carry out preventive measures such as spreading correct information regarding HIV/AIDS, along with information on how to prevent transmission- not only for HIV/AIDS but also for other sexually transmitted diseases.
The military, with the support of other parties, is now implementing intensive prevention efforts, detecting cases of HIV/AIDS as early as possible and increasing access to care services.
We are supporting the country in their preventive attempts and we pray for the best for the soldiers. Remember that you are loved by the citizens of Indonesia and our prayers are with you. As you have protected us, we will not stop writing about HIV/AIDS, in the hope that our words can help make a healthier country. Designers against AIDS –and its offshoot Indonesia against AIDS- have been doing this work for a long time already and we hope that you in return will support us in our important mission.