Bali Health Agency to give free HIV tests for soon-to-be married couples this year

As a part of the nationwide effort to finish the AIDS epidemic by 2030, the Bali Well being Company is providing free HIV assessments and counseling for soon-to-be married {couples} on the Island of Gods. 

The company’s head I Nyoman Gede Anom mentioned yesterday that it started publicly disseminating details about free HIV assessments for soon-to-be married {couples} two years in the past.

Balinese Hindus, he mentioned, have totally different marriage customs to individuals in different provinces, in that {couples} would principally carry out conventional wedding ceremony ceremonies first and solely later formally register their marriages. Some solely register after the beginning of a kid.

“For [Indonesian] Muslims, for instance, marriage certificates will solely be issued after [couples receive] tetanus pictures and HIV/AIDS assessments,” he mentioned. 

Along with free HIV/AIDS assessments and counseling for brides and grooms, the Bali Well being Company additionally plans to boost consciousness and normalize the procedures, conveying to the general public that constructive outcomes solely means taking drugs often afterwards.

Commenting on the island’s provide of antiretroviral (ARV) medicine, Anom mentioned that Bali at present has sufficient to provide demand for the subsequent six months or as much as July. Data present that there are roughly 11,000 HIV/AIDS sufferers registered on the island.

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