HIV cases on the rise as Indonesia cracks down on LGBTQ community
- A report by Human Rights Watch has indicated that HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men (MSM) has increased five-fold since a decade ago, now accounting for a third of the new cases reported annually, a
- Growing media and governmental discourse has framed LGBTQ people as threats to public security, while police raids, fundamentalist vigilantism, and discriminatory prosecutions have targeted clinics providing sexual health education and services.
- Clinics have begun limiting public outreach and condoms themselves have begun to be entered into evidence in criminal cases, further stifling distribution of preventive resources.
- “‘Scared in Public and Now No Privacy’: Human Rights and Public Health Impacts of Indonesia’s Anti-LGBT Moral Panic” (Human Rights Watch | July 2018)
- “HIV rates among gay men in Indonesia have increased five-fold, Human Rights Watch says” (ABC News | July 2018)
- “Indonesia’s crackdown on LGBT people fuels HIV crisis, report says” (CNN | July 2018)