Thailand needs reality check in HIV fight

Published: December 1, 2014

Bangkok Post
Midnight Poonkasetwattana
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It was a global leader in shining a light on the mysterious new disease that much of the world initially dismissed as something that was only a problem in Africa and among gay men in Western countries. But…

But then numbers of new infections in the Kingdom began to soar — initially amongst sex workers and their clients, injecting drug users and, eventually, among the general population.

In the early days, gay men, or so-called men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender people were not thought to be at high risk of HIV in Thailand. The epidemic seemed to be following a different…

But then the picture changed dramatically. For the past several years, gay and transgender people have indisputably been the highest risk groups, not only in Thailand, but also in many other countries…

Quite simply, HIV is devastating our communities, and the statistics are frightening.

In 2012, 41% of all new diagnosed cases in Thailand were related to gay men, and one in three gay men was reported to be HIV positive. Most were aged between 18 and 30. The overall prevalence rate was 28.7%.

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