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Real-time HIV epidemic info available

On Friday, the Disease Control Department of the Ministry of Public Health, on behalf of the Thailand's National Aids Committee, in partnership with UNAIDS, will launch the Aids Zero Portal - (AZP) - an innovative interactive tool that provides up to date information about the HIV situation and responses at national, provincial and local levels.

An estimated 460,000 people are living with HIV in Thailand and more than 246,000 people were on antiretroviral therapy in 2013. Some 8,200 new infections and 21,000 Aids-related deaths occur annually. Two thirds of new infections occur in 33 provinces and Bangkok accounts for nearly 25 per cent of new infections.

"The Aids Zero Portal will be a critical tool to provide strategic information for effective prevention, as well as for treatment and care for people living with HIV," Dr Sophon Mekthon, Director General of Disease Control Department, Ministry of Public Health, said.

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