Author(s): Mesquita F, Winarso I, Atmosukarto II, Eka B, Nevendorff L, , Mesquita F, Winarso I, Atmosukarto II, Eka B, Nevendorff L,
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Abstract ISSUE: Indonesia has an explosive HIV/AIDS epidemic starting from the beginning of this century, and it is in process to build its response. Reported AIDS cases doubled from 2003-2004, and approximately 54\% of these cases are in people who inject drugs. SETTING: Indonesia is the 4th largest country in population in the world, a predominantly Muslim country with strong views on drug users and people living with HIV/AIDS. Globally speaking, Indonesia has one of the most explosive epidemics in recent years. THE PROJECT: IHPCP (Indonesia HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Project) is a joint support project (primarily AusAID-based) that works in partnership with the Government of Indonesia. IHPCP has been a key player of in the country's response, particularly pioneering NSP; stimulating and supporting methadone programs, and being key in promoting ARV for people who currently inject drugs. The project works via both the public health system and NGOs. OUTCOMES: It is still early to measure the impact of current interventions; however, this paper describes the current status of Indonesia's response to the HIV/AIDS crisis among people who inject drugs, and analyses future challenges of the epidemic in Indonesia.
This article was published in Harm Reduct J
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research