Mapping Pathways is a multi-national project to develop and nurture a research-driven, community-led global understanding of the emerging evidence base around the adoption of antiretroviral-based prevention strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The evidence base is more than results from clinical trials - it must include stakeholder and community perspectives as well.

27 March 2012

High HIV Prevalence Calls for Stronger Commitment Towards Treatment and Care in Thailand

via Press Tv Bangkok, by Sonia Labboun

The concern is that the disease is increasingly affecting youngsters; about 25% of the total diagnosed patients are in the working group aged between 30-34 years old.

Experts say that schools and universities lack the means to give a proper education about the dangers of HIV and how the disease is transmitted, making this group age an ideal focal for its spread.

In a move to show the government's commitment to combat the disease, the National Health Security Office has announced a subsequent budget of nearly $100 million for HIV care and treatment and is already planning to increase the amount to almost $114 million for 2013.

In a major blow to global pharmaceutical firms, Thailand issued licenses for cheap HIV drugs between 2006 and 2008, a move that has angered industries from the US, Germany and Switzerland who until recently had the monopoly in HIV treatments.

Recently The world bank has pointed out at the fiscal burden of HIV, they say it shouldn't be considered only as a health problem, but also as an economic problem because of the huge costs in treating patients, highlighting as well the importance of effective prevention in order to lessen future costs.

In early 1990s, Thailand has overcome predictions that four million of the 65 million population could become infected by 2000 thanks to successful Aids education and prevention campaign that the current government wishes to revive.

The government is concerned that even though a cheap alternative for HIV treatments is available, the number of new infections is still rising. Experts blame it on poor education at schools and lack of prevention campaign in the media; deficiencies which the current government has promised to take action on."

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