The majority of HIV/AIDS patients in Bali skipped their medication and treatment during the Covid-19 pandemic, causing an increase in the HIV fatality rate.
During the visit to the Secretary of Independent Journalist Alliance in Denpasar on Monday (4/4), the Head of Bali AIDS Countermeasure Commission Through Media Program, Yuni Ambara, confirmed that most patients who have HIV/AIDS in Bali decided to skip their medications during the Covid-19 pandemic, causing a significant surge in their fatality rate.
“Per the data from the government, 60 percent of HIV/AIDS patients have died from Tuberculosis,” Yuni said. Accordingly, officials decided to increase the amount of Molecular Rapid Test (TCM) to increase their ability to find new cases.
“We hope we can reduce the fatality rate of this virus by providing early medication to the patients,” Yuni added.
According to the data from Bali provincial government from 1987 to 2022, Bali has 26,209 HIV/AIDS cases.
Meanwhile, the Head of Bali AIDS Countermeasure Commission Secretary, AA Ngurah Patria Nugraha, hopes that HIV/AIDS awareness will go back to normal post-pandemic so that the government can prevent further transmission among the people.
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