Soekarno-Hatta Airport Most Vulnerable to HIV/AIDS

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    TEMPO.CO, Tangerang - Head of the health center at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport Dr. Benget Turnip stated there are several areas vulnerable to HIV/AIDS in and surrounding the airport.

    “Prostitution in airport transit hotels, entertainment spots, and shady street side stores around the airport became the threat of HIV/AIDS transmission,” said the doctor on Wednesday, April 4.

    To anticipate such threats, Benget stated, the Port Health Office established joint force [Pokja] of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in the airport. The team involved government institutions, BUMN [state-owned enterprise], and the airlines in the airport.

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    The main task of Pokja,Benget added, is drafting the HIV/AIDS prevention programin the airport such as dissemination and campaign. The target is the passengers of the airline and airport employees.

    According to Benget, other programs are the free VCT screening around the airport area. “We also reached areas vulnerable to of HIV/AIDS with the Health Agency.”

    Benget further explained, the joint team also deployed to search and find HIV/AIDS case and conduct prevention and treatment for the patient. “We build a network of coordination with health agency and referral hospital,” said Benget.

    JONIANSYAH