Young people are still among the main risk group for HIV in Thailand. Around 85% of Thai youth do not see HIV as a matter of concern, even though 70% of all STI cases in Thailand occur among this group. Premarital sex has become more common among young Thais, but only 20 to 30% of sexually active young people are using condoms consistently (UNAIDS).
Plan International Thailand is committed to better protecting young people from the risks of HIV, and we are linking them to comprehensive sex education through the “UP TO ME” projects in Chiang Rai, Srisaket, Bangkok, and IIC communities. Thus young people gain access to information and skills about taking care of their sexual health, and acquire skills to make responsible decisions about their sexual lives and futures. We address issues such as diverse sexual lifestyles and orientation; sexual beliefs, attitudes, and values; relationships and gender roles and socio-cultural influence on sexual behaviours, as well as relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture.
Our ‘Story of Love’ project also raises awareness of HIV/AIDS among migrant youth workers in three districts of Tak Province - Mae Sod, Mea Ramad, and Phobpra. In addition, we provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS care, support, and social protection for affected and vulnerable children living in high prevalence areas, to ensure that they achieve their full potential in health and development.