Bangkok Observes World AIDS Day

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Bangkok marked World AIDS Day with an event in that city’s Lumpini Park which featured a Condom Fashion Show and a symbolic record setting event for the World’s Longest Condom chain, a ribbon of 25,000 condoms:

“Thailand has long been considered a model in the fight against AIDS and has made great gains in reducing the number of new infections through strongly promoting condom use among prostitutes in Thailand’s rampant sex industry. But officials warn that the epidemic has started to shift, with HIV cases rising among male homosexuals, young people having casual sex, injecting drug users, and monogamous housewives whose husbands bring the disease home. The agency UNAIDS estimates some 570,000 people are living with the virus in Thailand, about a third of them women.”

Photos above are from a flickr photodiary on the event by Bangkok Diary.

Comments

  1. says

    Make Your Promise To Join The Fight Against HIV And AIDS!

    “It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance.” – Elizabeth Taylor

  2. Rich says

    HIV prevalence remains high among injection drug users (40-50% in urban areas). The epidemic has taken off among gay men–18% pravelence among gay men in Bangkok in 2003; 28% in 2005, with increases in every age group and every type of venue where men were recruited (parks, bars, bathhouses). And these were ordinary thai men, not sex workers or people recruited from tourist land. The levels of infection are lower in Chiang Mai & Phuket, but well into double digits. The same is true of male sex workers in Bangkok.

  3. says

    It’s true. Thailand has worn out its reputation as a good example in the fight against AIDS. The government has not paid nearly enough attention to gay men/MWHSM because they do not like bringing up any gay issues. The government’s poll showed an HIV rate of less than 10% among gay men, however independent polling last year put it at an astounding 28%: nearly one third of all gay men in Bangkok are HIV-positive.