Sampit, Central Kalimantan. Twenty-one commercial sex workers in Kotawaringin Timur, Central Kalimantan, have tested positive for HIV, a local health official said.
“The number is based on the test of blood samples taken from 400 commercial sex workers in several red-light districts in Kotawaringin Timur,” Kotawaringin Timur health office chief Yuendri Irawanto said on Sunday.
The 400 tested sex workers included 263 workers from the Pasir Putih red-light district, 58 from the Parenggean red-light district, and 68 from the Tangar village red-light district, Yuendri said.
Poor knowledge of the deadly disease and low awareness of the need to be tested for it were to blame for the high number of commercial sex workers living with AIDS, he said.
“We hope commercial sex workers will not hesitate to go to the medical clinics. That way we can detect as early as possible if they have developed the disease,” he said.