UNAIDS Asia-Pacific


For 20 years Kochaphan Wangtan has been a community health worker, serving other people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Thailand.  

The Sanpatong Hospital in North Thailand has reinvented and refined its HIV programme for more than three decades. It began attending to people living with HIV in 1989, and in 1996 started offering antiretroviral treatment.

This isn’t your mother’s clinic.

U=U—undetectable = untransmittable—is a powerful public health intervention. It means that people living with HIV (PLHIV) who achieve an undetectable viral load through consistent treatment and monitoring are not only healthy, but unable to pass on the virus.

BANGKOK, 11 December 2022—The 51st meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) will be held from December 13 – 16 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The meeting is hosted by the Government of Thailand as Chair of the 2022 PCB. It is the first time in 14 years that the board will meet outside Geneva, Switzerland and the second time it will be in Chiang Mai.  

UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador and Singer Chalatit Tantiwut (Ben) supports campaign BANGKOK, 2 March 2017— The Ministry of Public Health of Thailand, the Thai Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (TNP+) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)  launched a campaign to promote Zero Discrimination in health-care settings. Popular Thai singer and UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador for Thailand, Chalatit Tantiwut (Ben) participated in the event, which took place at the Bamrasnaradura… Read More

Ekkarat Punyatara is a photographer for National Geographic Thailand and a freelance photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand. He is currently working on a series of photographs titled “Till I Bloom” which documents the lives of transgender women in a new light. UNAIDS spoke to him about his project which has captured his attention for almost a decade. (The views and opinions expressed in interviews or commentaries are those of the interviewees and… Read More

Teenage pregnancy is a significant problem in Thailand, which has one of the highest rates in Southeast Asia. Emerging photographer ‘Gap’ Tanaphon Ongarttrakul followed the struggles of three teenage couples, who found themselves unexpected parents. His camera captures their struggles with overwhelming responsibilities. His photographic essay was shown for the first time at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in Bangkok. The fine arts student at Rangsit University speaks with UNAIDS about… Read More