390 people in Manado infected with HIV/AIDS

390 people in Manado infected with HIV/AIDS

(REUTERS/Ajay Verma)

"They are all under the surveillance of KPA Manado city."
Manado, North Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - A total of 391 residents of Manado city, North Sulawesi province is recorded to have been infected with HIV/AIDS until the end of February 2012.

The people come from different backgrounds in terms of employment, social status and age, a program manager of AIDS Eradication Commission (KPA) Manado city, Umar Mato, said here Monday.

"Of the number, 123 people are HIV positive and 268 of them already have suffered AIDS and they are all under the surveillance of KPA Manado city," he said.

Mato said those infected with HIV/AIDS include children under five years old and adults over 60 years but most of them are in the productive ages.

According to him the number of people infected with HIV/AIDS in Manado detected by KPA shows that the socialization program has run well..

"It indicated that the socialization we have been doing has been well accepted by the society so that they would come to have a check themselves to the Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) clinic which is available in Manado," Mato said.

He added as measures to prevent this deadly virus, KPA Manado continues to inform about the danger of HIV/AIDS.

"In addition we also disseminate information to schools in order to prevent the young people who are still students from being involved in bad activities that could make them contract HIV/AIDS," Mato said.