Mautau.com Online VCT Program is designed to mitigate the impact of stigma attached to HIV/AIDS and to support the Government's program to curb the spread of the HIV epidemic in Indonesia, by enabling its clients to find out about their HIV status without having to reveal their identity. Through this system, the pre-test and post-test counseling which are part of the VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) process are done online through private chatting with a mautau.com Counselor who has obtained certification from the Ministry of Health.
As we know, the development of the epidemic over the years has shown us that no one is safe from HIV/AIDS – a disease for which no cure is yet available. Indeed, not only “most at risk population” groups but all of us are vulnerable to HIV infection, which is why it is important for each of us to be aware of our own HIV status as well as that of our sexual partners. This is a contribution that each of us should make in the fight against HIV/AIDS, in view to avert an “explosion” of the epidemic in the coming years.
How does the Online VCT Program at mautau.com work? … Kindly click the link below if you would like to read the instructions relating to the 7-Step Procedures designed to help to stop the spread of HIV. If after reading the 7-Step Procedures you have any questions, please send us an e-mail or chat with a mautau.com officer (click one of the YM indicators when “on”).
Should you wish to know more about mautau.com Online VCT Program background, click the link below.
KAPETA Foundation is pleased to introduce its " Online VCT " , designed to mitigate the impact of stigma on HIV prevention efforts. This online, interactive, program based on ANONYMITYand CONFIDENTIALITY is the FIRST in the world.
In this Cyberspace era, internet use is widespread. The net is used mostly for information and communication purposes, but other activities such as searching for sex partners through group emails and chat rooms is now among the most sought after online activities. MAUTAU aims to fight the spread of HIV through online outreach and interventions, considering that some of those who suspect that they might be HIV-positive or are simply curious to find out about their HIV status are often embarrassed to come to VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) centers to talk to counselors and be tested, due to the strong stima attached to the disease.
Through this program, for the first time in Indonesia, Consultations related to HIV Testing can be conducted online through Secure Private Chatting with MAUTAU Counselors who have received national certification from the Health Department. By going through MAUTAU 7 - Steps procedures, participants need not worry about their test results being known by others as they are not required to reveal their true identities.Those with positive test results will be encourage to come to Kapeta or other NGOs co-operating with Kapeta for a face-to-face counseling. Only at this tage will participants be required to reveal their true identities as they will be referred to CST clinics and peer support groups. Free coupons for CD-4 tests will be offered to the first 100 participants with positive results.
MAUTAU Program is an outreach concept “outside the box” that has gone through a long process of brainstorming with competent parties in the field of HIV-AIDS from Indonesia and other countries. It is an alternative solution meant to address some of the gaps in the existing HIV-AIDS-related Information, Education and Communication (IEC) and VCT programs in Indonesia and to achieve more effective prevention and intervention efforts in this country. The idea was fueled by the low number of people who have been reached by prevention programs and those who have tested for HIV, and also considering the plurality of the Indonesian society which consequently needs a wide range of choice of services.
MAUTAU cooperation network includes laboratories, hospitals, physicians, psychologists and other NGOs.
MAUTAU Program prototype trial has started from December 8, 2008. As our coopetration network currently only extends to laboratories in Jakarta area, our online VCT services for the time being are only available to participants from Jakarta.
We would like to thank all of those who have participated in our poll. We continue to welcome your comments, which you may write down in our Guest Book or send them to us by email through our "Contact Us" link.
Participants who have registered as a member at mautau.com may start immediately using ourchatting facilities and Discussion Forum which have been specially set up for the AIDS Community. We therefore hereby invite all of you to create your free MAUTAU Account now.
We would like to thank all of you for your continued support to MAUTAU Program, aimed at boosting the Government's efforts to curb the HIV epidemic in Indonesia.
As we know, the number of HIV-AIDS cases has increased dramatically these last few years in Indonesia. In the eastern province of Papua, where AIDS cumulative rate is currently 15 times the national rate, HIV has begun to spread among the general population. This means that an increasing number of housewives and even babies are now living with HIV. According to the Health Department October 10, 2007 report, Jakarta, Riau Islands and Bali are Indonesia’s other provinces with the highest HIV/-IDS cumulative rates, while Jakarta has the largest number of HIV-AIDS cases, which has increased 11% compared to last year.
Given Indonesia’s weak surveillance system, however, it is not unlikely that the real numbers of HIV-AIDS cases in this country actually far exceed officially reported cases. Also, the number of people who have been reached by Prevention programs and those who have tested for HIV has remained low.
The spread of HIV is closely related to not knowing one’s HIV status, as those who are HIV-positive unknowingly continue to spread the virus. The number of HIV infections therefore continues to rise, and efforts to prevent and detect new ones have become more and more challenging, if not impossible.
Indeed, many people do not know their HIV status simply because they have not tested for HIV. Besides the limited access to VCT clinics and its use, there are at least two other main reasons why many people have not tested for HIV. First, a good number of them do not consider themselves to be at risk of contracting HIV as they believe they have not engaged in any “risky behavior” and therefore do not think that they might be HIV-positive. Second, the strong stigma attached to HIV-AIDS prevents many people from coming to VCT centers and be tested for HIV, although they may want to check their status.
Given the above background, MAUTAU’s objectives are the following:
To socialize HIV Testing as an “ordinary” health test, i.e. not an ordeal to be embarrassed about or afraid of, which could be part of a routine health check, considering that we all are vulnerable to HIV infection (meaning that even those who do not engage in so-called “risky behaviors” may also become infected). Although no cure for HIV-AIDS is yet available, many people still do not know that by undergoing antiretroviral therapy (ART), it is possible to slow down HIV progression towards full-blown AIDS.
In connection with the above, to help reduce stigma and discrimination practices towards people living with HIV – as we know, HIV-AIDS has always been associated with people with “risky behavior”, while in reality that is not always the case. MAUTAUwould like to change this paradigm so that the public – at least in Indonesia – can understand how important it is to know their HIV status even for those who may not have engaged in “risky behavior”.
To reach out to a particular segment of the population (known as the “hidden” society) who wish to know their HIV status but DO NOT WANT to come to VCT clinics for a number of reasons such as being embarrassed or afraid to do so, and DO NOT WANT to reveal their identities to Counselors
Naturally, the above three objectives are set within the framework of HIV-AIDS Prevention and Intervention efforts in Indonesia, which are our common main concern.
MAUTAU Work Plan
MAUTAU will organize a Poll during the first week of December 2008 aiming to achieve the best possible Consultation and HIV Testing services based on inputs from our visitors. We therefore very much expect all of you to contribute by participating in our Poll.
MAUTAU prototype trial will start on December 8th, 2008 involving participants from Jakarta. During the trial, MAUTAU services will be continually upgraded in order to be more and more efficient and MAUTAU will be expanding its cooperation network to include laboratories, CST clinics, physicians, and NGOs from different parts of Indonesia in view to eventually extend our services to participants from all over the country.
Besides its Consultation and HIV Testing program, MAUTAU also features chatting facilities for the AIDS Community and organizes Weekly Quizzes (with prizes) relating to HIV-AIDS knowledge. In order to enjoy these features, participants need to register/create a freeMAUTAU account.
In the future, MAUTAU plans to mobilize and provide financial aid to help people who live with HIV, such as for CD4 or Viral Load testing, Sperm Washing, etc.
In closing, we are positive that our MAUTAU Kon TesHIV program will successfully address some of the current gaps in HIV Prevention, as it will complement existing IEC and VCT programs by reaching out to the “hidden” population which consists of people who do not wish to reveal their identities or to discuss their cases on a face-to-face basis with counselors at VCT clinics, but who are potential actors in the rapid spread the HIV epidemic in this country.
Therefore, should there be skepticism with regard to the idea that MAUTAU HIV Testing Consultations will be conducted Online, let us think for a moment and ask ourselves the following question:
“Should we feel complacent about the results obtained so far from current prevention and intervention programs in this country? Is it ethical not to use the Internet technology in this Cyberspace era if by using such technology we can expand our outreach efforts to the “hidden” population and help reduce cases of HIV transmission and therefore help prevent a serious AIDS epidemic in Indonesia?”
MAUTAU may not be a perfect system, but the obsession to achieve “unrealistic perfection” is the main enemy of a “realistic improvement”.
And our aim, at MAUTAU, is to make this realistic improvement come true, in view to achievemore effective HIV-AIDS Prevention and Intervention efforts in Indonesia.