Despite past success in reducing its spread, HIV remains a cause for concern in Thailand. There have been warning signs of a new wave of infections; and the virus continues to spread among certain vulnerable groups, particularly men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgendered people (TG).
The work of UNDP Thailand in HIV focuses on three priorities: promoting broad-based policy dialogue and analysis, to contribute to a truly multi-sectoral and rights-based response to HIV and AIDS priorities into national, provincial and local strategic development planning. Capacity building, focused on the provincial and local levels to foster a more inclusive, rights-based, gender-sensitive response to HIV, with a special focus on internally mobile populations and their home communities. Fighting stigma and discrimination by supporting efforts to promote the respect and protection of the human rights of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Projects and Initiatives
UNDP works with other partners and stakeholders in creating and strengthening mechanisms and systems to ensure access to justice and enable an environment in which stigma and discrimination would be no longer a barrier to block HIV prevention and care services. It aims to contribute to the joint programme outcome of enabling environment with better attitudes, policy and practices toward HIV/AIDS and human rights as well as stigma and discrimination.more
The HIV prevalence among men having sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) remains at a crisis level in the country, the highest reported in Bangkok at 31.1 % among MSM and 16.7% in 2010 and the highest among all key affected populations. TGs and MSM in urban areas of Thailand today are said to be twenty times more likely to be living with HIV than people in the general Thai population.more