Print this page    •   Back to Web version of article

International News
Thai Prison Officials Propose Amnesty for All Thai Inmates With Full-Blown AIDS

July 14, 2004

Thailand Correction Department officials today proposed to release the country's hundreds of inmates with AIDS so the prisoners can "spend the last minutes of their lives with their family." The proposed release, part of a broader amnesty plan for 5,000 prisoners timed for the August 12 birthday of Thai Queen Sirikit, must be approved by the cabinet and forwarded to the royal palace for approval. More than 100 prisoners with AIDS have been identified at the Klong Prem central prison in Bangkok, and hundreds more are expected. Several dozen HIV-positive prisoners who do not have AIDS began receiving antiretroviral drugs this month, said Dr. Jorn Lervitworaphong, hospital director at Klong Prem. Thailand's nearly 200 prisons hold more than 250,000 inmates.

Back to other news for July 14, 2004

Excerpted from:
Associated Press
07.14.04




This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:
http://www.thebody.com/content/art26728.html

General Disclaimer: TheBody.com is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through TheBody.com should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.