Thailand hits party scene to combat rising HIV among gay men

Models gather during a blood tests party as part of a campaign to prevent HIV infection among male same-sex couples, in BangkokBy Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Bare-chested male models strutted through the glitzy ballroom in Bangkok to the beat of house music while dozens of young gay men waited anxiously, working up the nerve to have a blood test. The mostly female health team taking samples seemed incongruous next to the shirtless models circling the party, but the health workers' presence at the TestBKK event, Thailand's first mass HIV testing for gays, was sending a powerful message. …



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