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HIV/AIDS Cases Among Foreign Residents in Bali

HIV/AIDS Virus Continues to Claim More Sufferers Among Both Local and Foreign Residents of Bali.

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Republika On-Line reports that 25 or 1.5% of the 1,641 Bali residents suffering from HIV/AIDS is comprised of foreign nationals.

The Chief of the Communicable Disease Section of the Bali Health Office, Dr. I Gusti Lanang, told the press that the foreign victims of HIV/AIDS were led by Dutch citizens accounting for 6 patients; 5 from America; 3 from Australia and 2 each from Canada and Switzerland. The remaining sufferers were individuals from Italy, Spain, Japan, Ireland, East Timor and other countries.

Of the 1,641 cases of HIV/AIDS in Bali, 658 (41%) suffer from AIDS and 983 (59%) from HIV. In the first eight months of 2007, 388 new cases of HIV/AIDS were recorded in Bali. In the same period 130 deaths were attributed to the disease.

A separate report in Bali Post estimates that there are 823 HIV/AIDS cases in Bali's capital city of Denpasar. City health officials fear that the actual number of infection may be substantially higher due to social stigma attached to the illness and the resulting reluctance of sufferers to seek professional treatment.

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