Against All Odds: HIV/AIDS Epidemic Among Indigenous Papuans
A boy is seen on a beach at unset in Sorong, a city with the highest HIV/AIDS infection in West 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.The people of Papua are living and dying in the midst of the fastest growing epidemic in Asia. 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. This epidemic, if unchecked, threatens their survival and jeopardizes the longevity of their future generations.