Septi Yuslinah, a member of the provincial legislature, said that 600 people are currently known to live with HIV or AIDS in Bengkulu and that this number is still rising.
Extramarital sex and drug abuse are the main factors behind the spread of HIV, she said.
In order the halt the deadly virus, the Bengkulu legislative council (DPRD) is currently drafting a bill that would limit the sale of contraceptives to pharmacies and other stores licensed to sell medicines.
Do you personally think laws like this will reduce the rise of HIV? In my opinion, this is ridiculous! You know why? Because if the government limits the sales of condom, can you imagine how many people out there will have the possibility of getting infected from HIV virus and/or get pregnant with an unwanted baby? A lot! Note that: a lot! And no matter how hard the government tries to decrease sexual activity before marriage, there will be millions of people who will still be doing it. Just because there are fewer condoms available doesn’t mean that they will stop having sex -they just might do so without using any contraception or protection! Which is dangerous and might lead to the growing of new HIV infections and not the decrease they envision. Because again, it is not the government, other people or even parents who decide about someone’s desire, it’s personal. So be smart and inform youngsters about the best ways to protect themselves from getting infected with the HIV virus and then let them make up their own mind.