Category Archives: Thailand

  1. Most young Thai MSM define as heterosexual, even if they mainly have sex with men

    via aidsmap, by Gus Cairns A large, randomised sample of 21-year-old Thai men, presented at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington recently, has found that by far the largest risk factor for HIV infection is gay identity. Contrary to the oft-quoted saying “it’s not who you are, but what you do,” actual male/male sexual behaviour, while Read More >>

    AIDS 2012, Gay, HIV, hiv prevention, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS, International AIDS Conference, MSM, risk, Thailand
  2. Meet Toon – A Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate

    Check out this interesting mini-bio of Wipas Wimonsate (Toon), the latest in IRMA’s “Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate” series on the IRMA website here.  Toon is one of the six new bios just posted the other day, including individuals from Thailand, Kenya and the US.  Each will be featured on the blog, and you can read all Read More >>

    condoms, gay men, hiv prevention, IRMA, lubricant, Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate, MSM, MTN, MTN 017, rectal microbicide, sexual health, Tenofovir, Thailand, transgendered, Truvada
  3. Meet Suwat Chariyalertsak – A Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate from Thailand

    Check out this interesting min-bio of Suwat Chariyalertsak, the latest in IRMA’s “Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate” series on the IRMA website here. Suwat is one of six new bios just posted today, including individuals from Kenya, India, the UK, the US and Argentina. Each will be featured on the blog, and you can read about Read More >>

    IRMA, Meet a Friendly Rectal Microbicide Advocate, rectal microbicide, research, Thailand
  4. Safe Sex Advocates in the Red-Light Districts of Bangkok

    viaAlert Net, by Thin Lei Win It was an early Monday evening and the red light district in Thailand’s capital was already heaving — full of locals and foreigners drinking sundowner cocktails and enjoying the flesh parading before their eyes. Street vendors were selling food, clothes, souvenirs and Valentine’s Day gifts. They probably weren’t expecting a group Read More >>

    Asia, Bangkok, condoms, safer sex, Thailand, transgendered
  5. IRMA in Thailand to Prep for MTN 017

    IRMA, the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN), AVAC, and local partners participated in two community consultations in Thailand last week on the upcoming Phase II rectal microbicide trial called MTN 17.    Community stakeholders in Chiang Mai and Bangkok were provided updates on the field and were asked to provide feedback to the MTN about the draft MTN 017 Read More >>

    Asia, Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Boston, IRMA, Lima, MTN, MTN 017, Pittsburgh, rectal microbicide, Thailand
  6. Whatever Happened to the AIDS Vaccine?

    via the Huffington Post, by Michael Warren “Now is exactly the time to maintain commitment. Now is exactly the time to hold a steady course in funding for basic science, clinical trials and product development. It’s good business sense: Our investments are paying off — and the dividend, in the form of an effective vaccine, would have Read More >>

    AVAC, Bangkok, HIV/AIDS, Thailand, vaccine
  7. Methamphetamine use drives HIV infections among gay Thais

    via BMJ group, by Bob Roehr One in 10 gay and bisexual men aged 18 to 21 became infected with HIV during their first year of enrollment in a cohort study in Bangkok. The rate of new infections slows down a bit after that, in part because those most likely to become infected already are. Fully 1 Read More >>

    Bangkok, gay men, HIV, lgbt community, methamphetamines, Thailand
  8. Cultural mainstreaming in Thailand leaves MSM at high HIV risk

    Via PlusNews. Gay rights activists in Thailand say a unique combination of muted discrimination and cultural mainstreaming of the gay and transgender community is to blame for a dangerous lack of knowledge about HIV among gay and transgender persons, especially the youth. “There are no discrimination laws here against gay people, so a young gay Thai may Read More >>

    CamFrog, HIV, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, lgbt community, LGBT rights, MSM, teenagers, Thailand
  9. Bangkok’s MSM HIV Explosion – Precursor for Asia’s Mega-cities?

    via Global Forum on MSM and HIV, by Don Baxter The last five years have seen astonishing – arguably catastrophic – increases in HIV seroprevalence among Thai gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM). HIV seroprevalence has risen from less than 10 percent early this decade to more than 28 percent by mid-decade. Major Read More >>

    Bangkok, gay men, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, MSM, Thailand
  10. TED: Mechai Viravaidya: How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place

    At TEDxChange, Thailand’s “Mr. Condom,” Mechai Viravaidya, walks us through the country’s bold plan to raise its standard of living, starting in the 1970s. First step: population control. And that means a lot of frank, funny — and very effective — talk about condoms. Since 1974, Mechai Viravaidya has been creating and running innovative family planning and Read More >>

    condoms, HIV transmission, HIV/AIDS policy, Thailand