Positive Is Negative - HIV/AIDS In Black & White

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01 Feb 2013 15:00

The prevalence of HIV/AIDS among ethnic Papuans is almost twice as high as among the Indonesian newcomers . Contrary to the rest of Indonesia where the epidemic is mainly concentrated among high risk groups such as injection drug users and sex workers, in Papua, transmission is almost entirely through heterosexual relations (97,1%) and has very much spread to the low-risk population. Indonesian health officials often blame cultural sex practices such as 'wife swapping' for the rapid spread of HIV in Papua, but transmigration and large resource extraction projects have fed the sex industry, which has also been a major driver of the spread of the disease.

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Wamena, Indonesia
By Carolincik
01 Feb 2013

ARV medicine is free in Papua but is not available outside of major cities

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Wamena, Indonesia
By Carolincik
01 Feb 2013

Men watch a condom use demonstration during an HIV/AIDS awareness raising session in a local market in Wamena. Condoms are available in pharmacies but rarely used by indigenous Papuans.

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Wamena, Indonesia
By Carolincik
01 Feb 2013

Prostitutes entertain a customer in a specially dedicated prositution zone in Sentani, Jayapura district. Migrant prostitutes mostly work in official and semi-official brothels and require clients to wear condoms. Indigenous Papuan prostitues, however, work on the streets and are not supported by any kind of official on unofficial structure, greatly increasing the risk of abuse and HIV infection.

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Wamena, Indonesia
By Carolincik
01 Feb 2013

Men watch a condom use demonstration during an HIV/AIDS awareness raising session in a local market in Wamena. Condoms are available in pharmacies but rarely used by indigenous Papuans.

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Wamena, Indonesia
By Carolincik
01 Feb 2013

ARV medicine is free in Papua, but there are only two different types available. S. (14) has suffered from painful rashes and skin problems since she started her treatment, but there are no alternative ARV cocktails available.

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Wamena, Indonesia
By Carolincik
01 Feb 2013

An NGO worker shows samples of ARV medecine to senior high school students during an HIV/AIDS awareness raising workshop. Youngsters in Papua are mostly unaware of the risks of unprotected sex and children as young as eleven years old are HIV+.

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Wamena, Indonesia
By Carolincik
01 Feb 2013

S. (15) lies under her blanket on a hospital bed. She was diagnosed with AIDS a few weeks earlier and is still too week to start ARV therapy. She died six weeks after the photograph was taken.