Against All Odds: HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Indigenous Papuans
People are seen bathing and washing clothes are Wouma River in Wamena, Jayawijaya district, a mountainous region in Papua.
It is estimated that at least 3% of 2.5 million inhabitants in Papua is already infected with HIV/AIDS. However, the prevalence rate for HIV among indigenous Papuans is estimated at 7% and they account for 75% of the total number of recorded infection. Currently, Wamena has 1,894 recorded HIV/AIDS cases and the number continues to rise. HIV/AIDS is spreading at an alarming rate impacting the general population including children, men and women, husbands and wives, young and old, families and communities.