Thailand Becomes Model in Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Asia; XV International AIDS Conference Will Highlight Country's Successes
July 6, 2004
Thailand's "aggressive steps" to lower HIV prevalence have become a "model" for fighting the disease in Asia, an achievement that will be highlighted during the XV International AIDS Conference that will be held July 11-16 in Bangkok, Thailand, the Wall Street Journal reports. Thailand has reduced HIV prevalence rates through national initiatives that promote condom use and treatment programs that offer pregnant women access to drugs that prevent mother-to-child transmission. Approximately one million HIV-positive people live in Thailand -- which was one of the first "hard hit" countries to recognize and address HIV/AIDS in the early 1990s -- out of 62 million people in the country.
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