Thailand in HIV/AIDS Crisis

Of 9,470 new HIV/AIDS cases in 2012 37% were men having sex with men but less than 3.4% were sex workers

Thailand’s Aids Access Foundation (AAF) says news that Thailand is recording more than one new HIV infection each hour is proof the “country is in a crisis”, blaming the alarming number of new HIV infections on a lack of government interest and an inadequate allocation of money for HIV/AIDS prevention. Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) estimates that more *464,414 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in the Southeast Asian kingdom renowned internationally for the accommodating males and females who work in the country’s thriving sex industry, though sex workers are said to represent the lowest at-risk group. (*Ed: Independent figures put the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand at more than 530,000) The ministry says almost 9,500 new HIV … Continue reading

Thailand records more than one new HIV case every hour

Soi Cowboy, Bangkok. Part of Thailand's notorious sex industry

Widely known as the sex tourism capital of the world, Thailand appears to be losing the battle against the spread of HIV with fresh statistics showing more than one new infection every hour and more than 8,700 new HIV positive infections annually. The alarming figure, which primarily includes only Thai citizens and few of the 15 million foreign tourists who visit the country annually, show that education programs regarding safe sex practices in the Southeast Asia nation are failing to halt the spread of the disease, despite the country having received almost $US235 million in Global Fund grants since 2003. The figures also raise questions over the success of the Thailand government HIV treatment program, with little more than half … Continue reading

HIV blood test leads to Australian Bali tattoo warning

75% of HIV/AIDS cases in Bali contracted through hetrosexual sex

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has warned Australian tourists that those who get tattoos in Bali take the same risks as having unprotected sex after a HIV blood test indicated an Australian citizen contracted HIV following a tattoo on the Indonesian island. Last week the West Australian Department of Health announced that a HIV blood test on a local resident who had a tattoo while in Bali had returned a positive HIV result, but declined to reveal any further information about the person or the tattooist who is said to have caused the HIV infection. Doctor Paul Armstrong, WA Health Department’s Director of Communicable Disease Control, said: “We would advise that you wait until you get back to this country … Continue reading