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Blaming tolerance for HIV reeks of a government committee playing Pin The Tail On The Donkey

Life gets a little weird here in the Land of Smiles at times, and that's not a reference to the queues that currently stretch from Don Mueang to Suvarnabhumi airports. I'm talking about the comments made by the deputy governor of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration -- that giant, dusty machine that runs the city despite having its head lopped off last year with a Section 44 order citing corruption and ineffective administration.

The BMA received a budget to help impoverished HIV-positive people with antiretroviral drugs. At the press conference to announce this 10.8 million baht budget, deputy governor Thaweesak Lertprapan announced that the risk of HIV infection among gay males was higher than other at-risk groups.

This is because Bangkok gay males were undereducated about HIV transmission. Another problem, he said, was Thailand's tolerance of same-sex relationships. The more tolerant Thais were, the higher risk of infection.

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