Archive for the tag "Thailand"

Is CDC’s HIV prevention trial in Thailand ethical? (24/01/10)

How ethical are HIV prevention trials? Every time we announce results of a trial that compares new HIV infections in a group with or without some new intervention (a microbicide for example, or a vaccine), some journalist or other jumps on the fact that researchers are just watching people get infected. Researchers then explain that […]

HIV vaccines: good news or bad? (28/10/09)

A month ago, the media got very excited about an HIV vaccine. Study results, released in Thailand with a maximum of fuss and a minimum of detail, showed that the two-step vaccine might protect about a third of the people who get the shots against HIV. Then the doom-mongers weighed in: without more information, we […]

Starting from scratch: sex work after rescue (15/09/08)

Today’s post is copied wholesale from Laura Agustin. In the poster, the product of a workshop by the Thai sex workers rights organisation EMPOWER, sex workers relate what being “rescued” in brothel raids means to them. • We lose our savings and our belongings. • We are locked up. • We are interrogated by many […]

Thailand’s HIV success rocks on, unless you’re gay (06/09/08)

Thailand has been much (and rightly) praised for its pragmatic approach to cutting HIV in its illegal but vast heterosexual sex trade. Of course when the tide of brothel-caught infections goes out, the rocks of ongoing infection in jails, among drug injectors and between men who have sex with one another are left exposed. And […]

Ways to be gay part 2: Places to pee (20/06/08)

Still on the subject of the multiple meanings of masculinity: whatever your identity, you’ve got to pee. But if you’re a person with a penis who dresses as a woman, where should that be? There’s a debate about this over at The Lost Boy, continued at by Roger Tatoud at Peripheries whom I thank for […]

Thailand gets snippy about castration (27/05/08)

Last month, Thailand banned “cosmetic castration” for the under 18s. Cosmetic castration: now there’s a concept. As if lopping the balls off an adolescent were of a piece with smoothing some wrinkles out of a furrowed brow. The Ministry of Public Health is concerned that young men are going through the cheap, easy castration process […]

More sex equals less HIV: I explain why (16/04/08)

This video, not to be taken tooooo seriously (though the science is spot on), is the product of a rainy afternoon with the incomparable Candy Gourlay. Check out Candy’s wit, wisdom and illustration at Notes From the Slushpile

No Valentine’s sex for Thai teens (14/02/08)

What with two a.m. closures and best-behaviour brothels, it has been quite a while since Bangkok deserved its international reputation as “Sin City, East”. But the morality police are taking things a bit far this Valentine’s day. One in four Bangkok teens said they’d be celebrating Valentines day by having sex, according to a poll […]