Thailand to Launch Revitalized HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign Aimed at Nation's Youth
July 7, 2004
Thailand at the close of the XV International AIDS Conference next week will launch a revitalized HIV/AIDS awareness campaign to promote condom use among the nation's youth, Thai Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan said Tuesday, the Bangkok Post reports. The campaign will target young people between the ages of 14 and 25, an age group whose "ignorance" about condom use has become a "prime concern" for Thai health officials, Sudarat said, according to the Bangkok Post. Approximately one-third of sexually active young people are not using condoms, primarily because of confidence in their partners, according to Health Ministry surveys. Health officials fear that such high-risk behavior could make young people increasingly at risk for HIV. "They worry about getting pregnant more than AIDS," Sudarat said (Bangkok Post, 7/7). Teenagers and young adults worldwide are at the greatest risk of HIV infection, especially female teenagers, according to a UNAIDS report released Tuesday, Xinhua News Agency reports (Xinhua News Agency, 7/7). As part of the new campaign, the government will install more condom vending machines throughout the country, especially near secondary schools, Charal Trinvuthipong, director general of the Disease Control Department, said. Seven thousand machines already have been installed nationwide, including 5,000 in Bangkok, which offer condoms for about 12 cents each -- one-tenth the price of condoms sold at drug and convenience stores. Local singers also will be asked to take part in the campaign to promote condom use and inform teenagers about the risks of HIV/AIDS (Bangkok Post, 7/7).
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