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Pattaya Now Home to 4,000 AIDS Patients

Nurse reads while attending to an AIDS patient in Thailand

About 4,000 people with AIDS and HIV are now calling the Pattaya area home, but 92 percent of them have not registered with the local government

Public Health Department technical officer Pichayakorn Boonkiew said at an Aug. 4 health fair in central Pattaya that government-run Banglamung Hospital is treating 4,000 people in Pattaya City and Banglamung District for AIDS and the HIV virus.

Yet, she told the Pattaya Mail, only 324 of them have registered with the district, meaning they aren’t colleting the 1,000-baht monthly benefit they’re entitled to.

In order to collect, the AIDS patient would have to have a home registered in Banglamung, so people who came to Pattaya for work and maintain their house registration upcountry aren’t eligible. Stigma could be another reason for not registering.

She encouraged anyone afflicted with HIV to register for welfare payments with Pattaya City Hall or Banglamung District. Village health volunteers also can provide information on what rights and benefits AIDS victims are entitled to, she added.