Over one million Thais are infected with HIV/AIDS-NNT
March 25, 2012
[CJ Hinke of FACT comments: If this statistic is actually true, it is a staggering number which will deeply disrupt the social and economic fabric of the next generation, as has happened in Africa. Wikipedia statistics for 2007 show 610,000 HIV infections for 15 to 49 year olds, a prevalence of 1.4. Botswana is nearly 24, Lesotho over 23, Swaziland over 26; Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe all double digits; every other country in sub-Saharan Africa in low- to mid-single digits. The only other countries rating as high rates of HIV infection are the countries of the Caribbean basin, Estonia, Mauritius, Panama, Papua New Guinea. One can easily divine social and migration patterns for each. USA is only 0.6. This means that one of every 64 Thais is infected, almost certainly someone you know. Can we draw any conclusions from this? How many might sicken and die? Perhaps, after all, this is just part of the normal disease process and not as terrifying as it would seem.
National News Bureau: March 18, 2012
The Public Health Ministry reports that the number of HIV/AIDs patients in Thailand is on the rise with over 1 million patients currently.
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 percent 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 3 billion baht as a budget for HIV/AIDs care and treatment while planning to increase the budget to 3.5 billion baht for next year.