Thailand: Rate of HIV Infection Grows Among Thai Teenagers
January 3, 2003
Thailand's Health Ministry announced Thursday that the rate of HIV infection among teenagers has risen over the past year, and it vowed to make condoms more freely available to the young. "Teenagers form a high risk group, with less than 50 percent of them using condoms, so we need to promote them as a way of preventing sexual disease," said the Ministry's Communicable Disease Control Department Director General Charan Truenwudhipong. "The rate of increase has been higher over the past year, jumping from 11 to 17 percent." Charan said the ministry would buy 26 million condoms -- worth 23 million baht (US$534,883) -- to distribute at health offices this year, adding that more condom vending machines would be installed in public places. However, Thailand's National AIDS Prevention and Control Commission complained recently about authorities removing vending machines, or refusing to install them, fearing they promote promiscuity.Adapted from:
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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.