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Phuket Experts Told of Thailand's Large HIV Battle

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
PHUKET: Thailand remains the country in Southeast Asia with the largest HIV problem, a conference on Phuket heard today.

Figures for 2010 released at the Phuket 'Asean City Getting to Zero'summit show more than one in three (34.3 percent) of the HIV cases in Asean countries are in Thailand.

Next was Indonesia, a country with a much larger population, with 20.1 percent, followed by Vietnam with 18.1 percent, Burma with 15.5 percent and cambodia with 4.1 percent.

Singapore (0.2 percent) Laos (0.6 percent) and the Philippines (0.6 percent) barely register.

The Asean plus three conference - adding Japan, China and South Korea - is looking at ways of reducing the burden imposed by HIV.

Latest figures available for 2009 show 530,000 people living with HIV in Thailand, including 210,000 women - by far the highest number in the region.

AIDs-related deaths total 28,000 in Thailand, 18,000 in Burma and 99,000 throughout the region.

The total number of people living with HIV throughout the region was 1,503,600.

The conference is being held at the Movenpick Resort in Phuket's Karon beach district, with Health Ministers from all 13 countries due to convene as the event comes to an end on Friday.

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Thank you for showing this message which as a Thai cannot be easy. Clearly the figures you show demonstrate that the rich countries are better at controlling Aids. In my opinion there needs to be better education in regards to HIV prevention, using condoms etc amongst the poorer areas of Thailand, even free condoms. Singapore is a great country however at the size of Phuket is not comparable in this context and Phuke being one of the wealthy provinces however in the NorthEast of Thailand being much poorer so the government in addition to concentrating on all areas needs to enhance the poorer areas where most of the sex workers come from, Isearn.

Posted by FarangInPhuket on July 3, 2012 21:46


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