AIDS in South-Eatsern Asia

Thailand and Cambodia have been hailed as two bright spots in Asia. But the governments have largely reversed once devastating epidemics by promoting 100 percent condom use among prostitutes working in brothels. Trends have shifted and HIV has latched on to new risk groups, including men who have sex with men; young people with multiple sex partners; injecting drug users; and monogamous women whose husbands have sex outside marriage. The new infections are now occurring between the men who got infected (by prostitutes) in the ’90s and their wives.

Children are among the most tragic AIDS victims. Often, the children AIDS sufferers are unwanted.

Thailand has made cheap antiretroviral drugs easily available, which has increased life spans but not reduced the stigma and discrimination.




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