From the start of the Bantleman saga almost two years ago, a key element in convincing the Indonesian public and authorities that Bantleman, teaching assistant Ferdinant Tjiong and six janitors were guilty of sexual assault, were claims that one of the alleged child victims had contracted herpes from the assaults.

From March 2014 to September 2015, the mother of the alleged child victim had four herpes tests done on her son. Despite the fact that all but one test result was negative, and that the reliability of that one single positive result is in doubt, the mother continued to insist her son had herpes.

In November 2015, the fifth estate commissioned a fifth test from a reputable clinic in Antwerp, Belgium. It too turned out negative. Below are all five test results with corresponding explanations.

SOS Medika Clinic, Jakarta, Indonesia // March 22, 2014

This was the first test conducted by the mother of one of the alleged victims, just a day after she alleges her child was sexually assaulted at Jakarta International School.

The child tested positive for the Herpes Type 2 virus (HSV2) using an IgM test, which measures his recent exposure to herpes.

The child tested negative for HSV2 using an IgG test, which measures his latent exposure to herpes.



Pondok Indah Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia // May 2, 2014

A second test was carried out to determine if the alleged child victim did indeed contract the Herpes virus. These results indicate the child tested negative for HSV 2 in both the IgM and IgG test



Bhayangkara Police Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia // July 16, 2014

This third test was commissioned by the Indonesia police as part of their investigation into the alleged events at Jakarta International School. Here, it can be seen that again, the child tested negative for HSV 2 in both the IgM and IgG tests.




Algemeen Clinic Laboratory, Antwerp, Belgium // 23 Sept 2015

Labs in the EU only use the IgG testing method to determine if someone is carrying the Herpes virus.

A year and a half after the alleged sexual abuse, the alleged child victim tests negative for Herpes Type 1 and 2 using the IgG measure.



Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium // 19 Nov 2015

This final test was commissioned by the fifth estate, with the consent of the parents of the alleged victim. As can be seen, the child again tested negative for Herpes Type 1 and 2 using the IgG measure.


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