Report on HIV prevention in Asia

According to the Kaiser Network,* the Commission on AIDS in Asia has released a report on prevention efforts in various Asian countries:

According to the report, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and some states in India are among areas with high HIV/AIDS burdens that have experienced successes with their prevention efforts. The report also found that China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal and Vietnam and some states in India with low HIV/AIDS prevalences are among areas with moderate HIV/AIDS risks but have seen limited success with prevention initiatives.

The report notes that a given prevention strategy may be much more successful in one area than another.  For example, while most people in Cambodia are “are willing to comply with the government campaigns for use of condoms,” many men in Indonesia refuse to use condoms, even when engaging in high-risk sexual behavior.  Researchers warn that if this does not change Indonesia may face rapidly increasing HIV rates.

 
* See also this article from the Jakarta Post.

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~ by h.e.g. on August 16, 2008.

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