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Research Warns Indonesia Gay Bashing Is Fueling HIV Epidemic

Sunday, 01 July 2018 09:38 PM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A doctor says that disowned by his father and ill-equipped to deal with the stigma of HIV/AIDS, a young man who died in the central Indonesian city of Yogyakarta early this year had "effectively committed suicide" by stopping anti-viral medication.

The 20-year-old man's shocking death is a sign of an out of control but little acknowledged epidemic of HIV among gay men in Indonesia that researchers say is being fueled by a gay hate climate whipped up by the country's conservative political and religious leaders.

Highly publicized police raids targeting gay men and a vicious outpouring of anti-LGBT rhetoric from officials and other influential figures since early 2016 have caused significant disruption to HIV awareness and testing programs, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Monday.

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A doctor says that disowned by his father and ill-equipped to deal with the stigma of HIV/AIDS, a young man who died in the central Indonesian city of Yogyakarta early this year had "effectively committed suicide" by stopping anti-viral medication.The 20-year-old man's...
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