Technology can accelerate reduction of HIV infections: Indonesia

09:15, June 10, 2011      

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With the global communities knowledge and technologies, action to reduce new HIV infections can accelerate and the impact of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic can be mitigated, a senior Indonesian official said in the United Nations Thursday.

Agung Laksono, the coordinating minister for people's welfare of Indonesia, made the statement as he was addressing the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS, the three-day conference which entered its second day here Thursday.

"We know what works," Laksono said, addressing the three-day high level meeting on HIV/AIDS which is taking place here now.

In his speech the Indonesian minister emphasized that "work is far from over," and that Indonesia is "well aware of the challenges ahead."

"Too many people remain unreached and unserved," he said.

In the coming period additional attention will be directed to girls and women, high risk men and young people aged 15 to 24 years old who are at particularly high risk either because of life style or direct involvement in sex work or drug use by injection, according to Laksono.

"We believe that without increasing prevention and services for them, we will not be able to bring the epidemic under control," he said.

Indonesia is committed to accelerate progress and to intensify efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS, and will support the Declaration on HIV/AIDS which will be adopted on Friday at the high level meeting, according to Laksono.

Source: Xinhua
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