Thailand and US keep cooperating in the fight against HIV

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The US government confirmed that cooperative response to HIV/AIDS with Thailand would be sustained to combat the spread of AIDS and to encourage further medical research.

US Ambassador Eric G. John in Thailand voiced confidence that the two governments would keep on working for better lives of those HIV/AIDS infected patients.

Thailand and the US have coordinated in public health for over 40 years through many state agencies such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) and US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Col MD Arthur Brown, Deputy Commander for Science, the AFRIMS, said that the US was willing to provide financial support to Thailand to increase more preventive medicine against HIV/AIDS.

He said two months ago, the two countries declared a breakthrough in medical field by publicizing a vaccine that could reduce over 30% of HIV/AIDS infection rate through the New England Journal of Medicine. “The achievement needed to be carried on”, Col MD Brown said.

The Deputy commander explained that even though the vaccine was created, its effectiveness should be improved. If the vaccine was ready for use, it would be distributed to many countries in Southeast Asia for future expanded cooperation. (NNT)