Thailand brings PrEP to scale

Thailand is starting to roll out pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention among key higher-risk groups in high burden provinces, scaling up PrEP pilot projects within the national health system. The announcement was made at the satellite session “Breaking barriers and building bridges toward sustainability of the AIDS response in South-East Asia” during the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

At the session, Dr Panumard Yarnwaidsakul, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, said that the country is moving from trials and demonstration projects to policy and practice. PrEP now is a core part of the combination prevention package in the national HIV response in the country. Mr Yarnwaidsakul added that Thailand is also in process of including PrEP provision as part of the benefits package under the country’s universal health coverage. Read more via UNAIDS