400,000 Thais Have HIV but Don't Know It
December 19, 2008
An estimated 400,000 people in Thailand do not realize they are infected with HIV, the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center warned at a recent AIDS conference in Bangkok. "This is the reason the virus is still spreading across the country," said Dr. Praphan Panuphak, urging people to get tested.
Parents also need to be brought into the prevention loop, providing youths proper information and counseling, said Kiratika Pangsad of the Family Network Foundation. "We found that most parents lack understanding about the HIV infection and don't know how to tell their kids about safe sex," she said. "We want to encourage them to open their minds and learn more about sex education, as they can talk with their children [and warn them about the disease]."
The Nation (Thailand)
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.