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Over 1 million Thais infected with HIV/Aids

The Public Health Ministry reports that the number of HIV/AIDs patients in Thailand is on the rise with over 1 million patients currently.

Monday 19 March 2012, 08:37AM

At the annual HIV/AIDs conference held in Chiang Mai, Public Health Minister Wittaya Buranasiri disclosed that HIV/AIDs is an incurable chronic disease of which more than 1 million patients have been reported to be infected.

According to Mr Wittaya , 25 per cent of the total diagnosed patients are in the working group aged between 30-34. While unprotected sex is the major risk factor which accounts for as high as 84 percent, premature and unprotected sex among secondary school and vocational students is becoming more of a problem.

The Public Health Minister added that this year the National Health Security Office (NHSO) has set nearly B 3 billion as a budget for HIV/AIDs care and treatment while planning to increase the budget to B3.5 billion for next year.




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