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Prospective Bride and Groom Mandatory Counseling to Prevent HIV/AIDS


GOVERNMENT The city (government) of Bandung again reminded the bride and groom to do counseling and HIV/AIDS examination before carrying out the wedding. This is an effort to prevent new transmission of HIV/AIDS.

This has also been stated in Article 31 paragraph 4 of the 2015 Regional Regulation on Drugs and HIV/AIDS prevention.

“Every bride-to-be is required to carry out counseling related to HIV/AIDS,” said Deputy Mayor of Bandung, Yana Mulyana at the HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for Bride and Groom Candidates, Thursday (26 August 2021).

The bride and groom can do counseling at the Office of Religious Affairs (KUA), Puskesmas, and hospitals. “We provide health services for the bride and groom. One of them is blood tests to detect various diseases, including HIV,” said Yana through a zoom meeting.

According to him, this detection is very important for the bride and groom to know their status. “This detection is very important, by knowing the status of HIV / AIDS, this candidate can make an early decision before it is too late,” he said.

He explained, in addition to health services, socialization and education must also be carried out. It’s not only teenagers who are productive in getting married, but also parents who want to marry off their children.

“Socialization and education need to be carried out. Not only young people who are the object of policy, but also parents who want to marry off their children,” he said.

He revealed, the Health Office recorded that as of April 2021 there were 5,716 cases, an addition of 300-400 people per year. Based on the classification, the most cases were at the age of 20-39 years or 80.97 percent of the total cases.

“We know that this age is a productive age and enters the cycle at the marriage level,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Bandung City Environmental Protection Agency, Momon Ahmad Imron said that HIV/AIDS cases were almost evenly distributed by gender. When infected, there is a risk of interfering with the potential partner for the baby and child.

“Prevention strategies are the key in tackling HIV from not entering the family. This includes preventing all modes of transmission of HIV to children,” explained Momon who is also the Head of the People’s Welfare (Kesra) Section.

“Not only childbirth, in line with this we will jointly prevent and overcome the spread in the city of Bandung,” he added.

This preventive activity aims to prevent infection. So that the bride and groom in the city of Bandung are healthy. “This is key. The city of Bandung has compiled a circular letter regarding the implementation of health services for prospective brides,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Bandung City Health Office, Ahyani Raksanagara, said that interventions based on the life cycle were for the bride and groom for premarital counseling, balanced nutrition counseling and so on.

“Reproductive health services for prospective brides. Reproductive health to KUA and religious institutions as well as marriage guidance and counseling, “explained Ahyani.

“The goal is that the problems found can be treated or controlled before the bride and groom get married. Not only that, the bride and groom also have enough time to prepare physically and mentally and lead a household life,” he added.

Ahyani said that until June 2021 there were 5,741 people. The average new findings per year is 300-400 cases.

The most risk factors were heterosexual 39.57 percent, injecting drug use 31.39 percent, homosexual 22.47 percent and perinatal 2.61 percent.

The dominant risk group for transmitting HIV/AIDS in Bandung is the Heterosexual risk factor group, which increases by 2-3 percent per year, IDU (injected drug users) decreases by 2-3 percent per year.

“Only from the 2 risk groups HIV transmission has an impact on 69.94 percent of HIV AIDS cases in the city of Bandung,” explained Ahyani.

He added that although heterosexuals and IDUs were the two dominant groups at risk of HIV transmission, the homosexual group experienced an increase of 1-2 percent per year.

HIV transmission to housewives through sexual transmission which currently reaches 11.11 percent of the total HIV cases, an average of 40 IRT people are infected with HIV per year.

The increase in cases in IRT can result in an increase in epidemic status from concentrated to generalized epidemics. Therefore it must be HIV screening for brides and grooms.

There is a program to overcome this, namely “Eta Si Catin” which stands for reproductive health education for prospective brides.

“The tagline is ‘Tah Eta Deui’ (thalassemia, HIV/HepB/Syphilis (triple elimination) to get rid of stunting in children with early education). As one of the efforts to accelerate the reduction of maternal and infant mortality rates,” he explained.

Head of the Protocol and Communications Section of the Bandung City Secretariat Leader

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