If we talking about youth, its not limited only in common youth that separated into two differences based on sex, which are female youth and male youth. But we have to remember also the differences of youth that based on gender or sexual orientation, where there are some youth identified as homosexual, lesbian, transgender etc. Especially for young transgender, it can't be forgot that they are among us and an integrated part of life.
Jakarta Communication Forum For transgender record that at least there are about 5000 transgender in Jakarta. This number can increase every year.
Majority of transgenders in Jakarta are unban from villages that are low educated and have no adequate skill to support their needs of life in Jakarta. This condition make them to be sex worker as no choice. If we look deeper, the problems of transgender was started since teenage, when the young people still searching about who they really are?, including their sex orientation that they have. but because of the lack of knowledge and the minim of information about sex orientation that provide in society, (there is no fixed curriculum that includes sex orientation in school) and when a teenager transgender found that his sex orientation is different with the others, he will confuse, but this condition getting bad when he abandoned from family, neighborhood and also school. Most people still regards transgender as a sick people that should be healed. This condition also be worse coz of stigma from the religious leader that regard transgender as a sin and should be destroyed.
The non-understanding on how and where the young transgenders could find the informations about sexuality and the social environment that do not support them, make the young transgender chosen to left their school and family to find their community in order to find the safety feeling and their existence.
This lack of skill and knowledge lead tyransgender to be sex worker, and it it otomatically raise up the HIV & AIDS prevalence in transgender community.
From the latest assestment found that 40 % waria in jakarta are positif HIV.
But we are as community do not just sit away and see, we do together to handle the problems.
And through the Yayasan Srikandi Sejati, we make HIV & IAIDS prevention programs for transgender.
We peovide information about sexualitry, STIs, and HIV/AIDS by outreach, peer assisting, PE recruitment, mothly discussion, support group, and edutainment. All done by waria to waria. We also have referal clinick to VCT and STI test. On this case we do cooperation with others organization.
From the midle of 2007 we also fortuned to be introduced with AIDS Competence and we began to applay this aproach for transgender program.
One of the different thing that happen after we get aids competence is that in every activity that we r doing, we always use the salt process, we never any longer say to much to our assisting partners, but we change to more listen, stimulate and let them decide what actually they want to solve their problems. And also in our outreach programs, we visit to hotspot (the area where transgender live) with other transgender from others hotspots, it's effective for them from different area to share and learn each others, and also it teaches us that outreach activity is no longer a boring stuff with just giving information . AIDS competence has influence so much on every our work.