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Stigma is worse than the disease itself

Thailand has been affected by HIV/Aids since 1984. Even the number of infection has decreased but stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV still haunt all HIV-positive people, but things for the poor are even worse. The homeless, in particular, are unable to get a bed in state hospitals after they become infected and start developing symptoms. Though hospitals are required by law to treat HIV-infected people under the universal healthcare scheme, they often push them out of the facility as soon as possible.

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