Indonesian AIDS patients could face microchip monitoring

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Provincial lawmakers in Indonesia are backing a bill that would require some HIV/AIDS patients to be implanted with microchip monitors.

One plan involves fitting patients in Papua province with radio frequency identification tags, similar to those used to track cattle and luggage.

The proposal is part of extreme efforts to check the disease in Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous nation. It has one of Asia's fastest growing HIV rates, and Papua has been especially hard hit.

Health workers and rights activists are sharply criticizing the plan. But a lawmaker says using the chip implants for "sexually aggressive" patients would help identify, track and ultimately punish those who deliberately infect others.

If the microchip measure is passed by a majority of the full provincial parliament, it could be enacted next month.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Join the Conversation!

While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:

  • Obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racism, violent descriptions, name-calling or personal attacks.
  • Abuse of multiple accounts.
  • Off-topic comments.

Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. 
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 34989679 - local8now.com/a?a=34989679
Gray Television, Inc.