Thailand to Raise Awareness With Record Attempt for World's Longest Condom
December 1, 2006
Thailand is marking World AIDS Day today with the "Longest Condom Chain," a record-setting ribbon of 25,000 condoms intended to raise awareness about the disease. More than 1,000 activists and others are expected to take part in the event in Bangkok's Lumpini Park, said UNESCO, the UN cultural body that is co-organizing the festivities with several Thai nongovernmental organizations. Earlier today, hundreds of activists marched in a parade through downtown Bangkok that featured people dressed as condoms. According to UNAIDS, some 570,000 Thais are living with HIV/AIDS, about a third of them women. In 2006, the country saw some 15,000 new infections, said Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Praj Boonyaorwong.
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