Thailand entices gay men for HIV testing through parties

Published: October 11, 2014

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The party for gay men called TestBKK is one of the campaigns to counter the rapid spread of HIV among gay men, transgender people over the past decade, a situation which experts say has reached epidemic levels, according to Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Thailand, which successfully tackled HIV/AIDS in the 1990s, has largely failed to keep up with the spread of the virus in certain key communities. It was only in the past year that Thai authorities have started to take this seriously and focus on HIV within the gay community.

In March last year it released guidelines on how to prevent the spread of HIV among men and transgender people, an initiative that came nearly 30 years after the first AIDS case was diagnosed in a gay Thai man.

“It’s a little late, but it’s better than never,” Frits van Griensven, a HIV researcher and adviser to the Thai Red Cross told reuters.com.

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