Govt urged to permit needle exchanges

Needle exchange kits are common in countries around the world as part of the anti-Aids fight, but still are banned in Thailand. (Creative Commons, Wikipedia)

The Aids Access Foundation has urged public health authorities to stand firm on a plan to curb spiralling HIV contraction rates by giving out clean needles and syringes to drug addicts despite the Council of State considering it a violation of the law.

Nimit: Common practice overseas

Foundation director Nimit Thien-udom said Monday he was worried after learning the Public Health Ministry's Bureau of Aids, Tuberculosis and Sexual Transmitted Infections had said the programme might encourage drug-taking and therefore violate drugs laws.

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