"The highest number of HIV/AIDS cases in Maluku was in Ambon reaching 635, followed by Southeast Maluku 98 cases, Aru 73, Central Maluku 59, West Southeast Maluku 41, Western Seram 31. easter Seram 13, and Buru 12 cases," he said here Thursday.
"The highest HIV/AIDS transmission rate is by sexual intercourse reaching 53 percent, syringes 39 percent, and homosexual relations and prenatal cases, four percent each," he said.
He said the spread of HIV/AIDS in Maluku started in Tual in 1994 by a foreign sailor.
"HIV/AIDS in Tual was first found in 1994 consisting of three cases, namely one HIV and two AIDS cases. Its spread increased to 19 cases in 1997. But in 1998 and 1999 there was no spread, but since 2001 the spread increased again," he said.
"WHO predicted that if a positive HIV case was found, it means there were still 100 hidden cases," he said.(*)