Sexually Transmitted Disease In Colonial Netherlands

Sexually Transmitted Disease In Colonial Netherlands


A few days ago, exactly 1 December is celebrated as World AIDS Day. A day to reflect on, reminded of the dangers of the disease AIDS that reportedly there has been no cure. The disease has become a scourge for the world because of the presence of health of its victims, like the iceberg that its peak is visible but it is essentially a vast invisible. Why is this so? Because AIDS is a disgrace for some communities, he curses and there is also the assumption of karma because it is caused by people who often had sexual intercourse with another couple, so for those who contract the disease raises the shame and trying to cover it up. People can contract the disease and the biggest risk of course is commercial sex workers.

Venereal disease is indeed nothing new, before AIDS appeared on colonial Netherlands repeatedly sexually transmitted disease eradication is done by the colonial Government of Netherlands. Literature-traditional Javanese literature also mentions how this disease attacked the priyayi Duke frequently perform sexual activity with commercial sex workers or called Soendal, this can we find such as in the story of Jaka Tingkir and This Fibre. Similarly, Pramoedya Ananta Toer which described its malignant disease in the tetralogy this earth of mankind. The disease is often called "the Lion King" (Syphilis) is also a lot of attacking Indian society especially Netherlands Netherlands soldiers who often went to the brothels. Prostitution is indeed has been an industry since ancient times so it is very difficult being eliminated. He has been twisting form a vicious circle and the State participate in the rampant prostitution in the past.

The politics of racist colonial Netherlands, indigenous economic pressure so that indigenous children are selling gadisnya, a human trafficking especially of women (slave) became the starting point for the emergence of this prostitution practices, plus more that economic progress during the Netherlands East Indies, Liberal (1870) which is based on the industrial estates have opened widely the practices of prostitution. As a result mewabahnya is this sexually transmitted disease among the community at large. The colonial Government of Netherlands has attempted to prevent the spread of this disease through various means of banning the practice of prostitution, exile the sufferer of this disease to medical action but did not manage to reduce the spread of this disease. Until the early 20th century recorded 2000 troops exposed to syphilis disease each year and registered 5000-6000 cases of other infectious diseases.

Massive colonial Government efforts through a variety of approaches to tackling the spread of sexually transmitted diseases is not successful, while the community tried this with traditional medicines or herbal drugs either traditional Chinese healer belongs to the free market are sold or advertised in the mass media. Inevitably the prevention and cure of these diseases are expensive and cost a long time.


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