Thailand ignores HIV epidemic in drug users

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:127
  1. Robert Walgate
  1. Bangkok

    The opening of the 2004 international AIDS meeting in Bangkok, with its elephants, Thai dancers, and loud drumming, was intended to be a fanfare for Thailand's new commitment to treat 100% of its citizens who had AIDS with regionally produced generic antiretroviral drugs. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra even announced that Thailand would help neighbouring countries to treat their own cases.

    But, although his promise delighted some, not everyone shared his optimism. Thailand has dramatically reduced the levels of HIV infection among sex …

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