UNAIR NEWS – To celebrate World AIDS Day 2019, on Sunday, December 1, 2019, the Indonesian Dermatologist and Venereologist Association or PERDOSKI Surabaya held a series of events. CIMSA Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga had the opportunity to participate in the event.
The activity started at 6 in the morning on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Jalan Raya Darmo number 40 Surabaya. The series of World AIDS Day events began with the opening of Chairman of PERDOSKI Surabaya, Dr. Ary Widhyasti Bandem, M.Kes, Sp.KK, FINSDV, FAADV. Some doves were released to mark the beginning of the 2019 World AIDS Day events.
There was fun morning exercise followed by doctors who were members of PERDOSKI Surabaya, Dermatology and Venereology Department Specialist Education Dr. Soetomo and members of CIMSA Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga. As the main activity, an HIV / AIDS prevention campaign and health consultation were provided. The series of events for World AIDS Day 2019 ended with a photo session.
For information on AIDS day, United Nations AIDS aims to end AIDS epidemic by 2030. To achieve that goal, United Nations AIDS has set 3 treatment targets called 90-90-90. These figures represent the percentage that UNAIDS wants to achieve in 2020. It includes 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV infection will receive antiretroviral therapy, and 90 % of all people who receive antiretroviral therapy will experience viral suppression. Therefore, December 1 is designated as World AIDS Day.
United Nations AIDS also has a target to reduce new infections not more than 500,000 infections by 2020. However, data suggest that some 1.7 million new infections occur in 2018, making us far from the target of 2020. New infections by 1.7 million are included in the total 37.9 million people living with HIV globally. From the 37.9 million people who tested HIV-positive, only about 79% knew their status, leaving around 8.1 million people who were not aware of their status and only 62% accessed ARVs.
In Indonesia, data from UNAIDS in 2018 showed that 640,000 people were living with HIV. However, only 51% of them knew their status and only 17% underwent ARV therapy. The number of AIDS-related deaths has also increased by 60% since 2010 with a total of 38,000 deaths in 2018. However, the number of HIV infections has decreased from 63,000 to 46,000. In the end of 2017, 2,941 cases of HIV infection were reported in East Java and 933 of them tested positive in Surabaya. This figure does not rule out the possibility of an increase in the number of HIV infections throughout the city of Surabaya. (*)
Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh