AIDS Blamed for Fall in Life Expectancy in Thailand
July 9, 2003
For the average Thai, life expectancy has fallen from 70.3 years to 68.9 years, according to a United Nations Human Development Report released yesterday. Lack of access to antiretroviral drugs for Thais with HIV/AIDS is the prime reason Thailand's life expectancy went down, a UNDP spokesperson said. Only about 10,000 of an estimated 700,000 HIV-infected persons in Thailand have access to the powerful drugs, said UNDP. Although Thailand has been effective in controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS, about 1 million Thais have become infected since the beginning of the epidemic. Around one-fourth of those with HIV/AIDS have already died.
07.09.03; Nantiya Tangwisutijit
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