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IRIN PlusNews Looks at Condom Distribution, Use in Thailand

November 8, 2010

IRIN PlusNews examines condom distribution in Thailand where "only 2 percent of the country's AIDS budget" is spent on condoms because, according to Michael Hahn of UNAIDS, "Thailand thinks there are enough condoms easily available and affordable in the market, and they don't see the need for providing them." Noting that Thailand's HIV prevalence rate is "more than 1 percent" of the population, one of the highest in Asia, the news service continues, "[h]ealth officials are finding that the barriers to persuading people to have safe sex go beyond an insufficient budget for condoms; what is needed is a change in attitudes." The article further examines attitudes toward condom use in Thailand (11/5).

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