The residents of Mimika regency of Papua has been asked to avoid indulging in free sex in order to control the rate of HIV.
A senior official with the HIV/AIDS commission said the number of cases had reached 1,973 between December and March this year.
"The disease has been spreading here for 13 years. It has increased 100 percent every year and is endangering people's lives. We should act on this and advise people not to have free sex," said the Mimika HIV/AIDS commission secretary Saiful Takim.
Most patients with HIV/AIDS were between 15 and 36 years old. He added that heterosexual intercourse was responsible for the spread of the disease in the country.