The YKS, YBP and YKG HIV Intervention Programme was developed to eliminate barriers to care and to provide free and early HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment in Bali and Jakarta.
Young men who pair with other men have quickly adopted both international and local sexual networking sites, leading to frequent, intergenerational, high-risk sexual encounters which is fuelling the widening HIV and syphilis epidemic among young same sex male partners in Indonesia. Rates amongst same sex male partners are of particular concern increasing from 5.35% in 2007 to 25.8% in 2015. In Jakarta and Bali rates in 2015 reached 34% and 36% respectively.
The three organisations implementing this project; Yayasan Bali Peduli (YBP), Yayasan Kasih Globalindo (YKG) and Yayasan Kasih Suwitno (YKS); were formed in 2014, 2017 and 2011 respectively. The organisations bring experience of five models of HIV care for same sex male partners in Indonesia: a partnership with a physician’s general practise; a partnership with a community health centre (puskesmas), a partnership with a hospital and clinic; a stand alone specialist medical service and mobile testing services. At present one service is directly supported by YKS, one by YKG and two are YBP programmes. All services are provided free of charge or low cost, are high-quality, one stop and non-discriminatory. Through provision of support for five models of care for MSM and other groups at risk of HIV in Bali and Jakarta, YKS, YKG and YBP will contribute to early access for testing and treatment of HIV and STI. A key outcome of this support is reduction of transmission of HIV at a population level as well as reduction in mortality and morbidity.