Rising Number of Finns Contract AIDS in Thailand
September 11, 2006
A recent report by the Finnish ministry of health warns of a doubling of HIV cases in five years, driven in part by men who contract the virus while vacationing in Thailand. The Southeast Asian nation is a favorite destination for Finns on holiday. The government expects to log more than 100 new HIV cases this year, up from 53 in 2001. "What is especially worrying is the number of new cases transmitted sexually," said Merja Saarinen, ministry advisor. One encouraging trend is a drop in the number of cases contracted sexually among those under age 25, Saarinen said. Finland, which is home to 5.2 million people, has recorded 2,007 HIV/AIDS cases in total since the 1980s.
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