Agence France Presse (07.05.07) - Friday, July 06, 2007
People with HIV/AIDS lined up outside activist Phyu Phyu
Thin's house in Yangon after Myanmar's military rulers
released her Monday from a seven-week detention for a
political protest. In May, Thin and more than 60 others were
arrested after a prayer protest against the regime's arrest of
National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Since 2002, Thin has led NLD's AIDS program, connecting with
the party's youth league and recruiting students and Buddhist
monks as volunteers to help about 1,000 patients in Myanmar.
She helps people with HIV/AIDS find housing, treatment at
clinics - mostly run by international aid agencies - and home-
While she is not a doctor, Thin says "her patients" range in
age from two to almost 50, are at various stages of illness
and mostly live in remote areas where health care is limited.
"By the time many of them come to us, they already have AIDS-
related illnesses," Thin said.
About 1.3 percent of adults are HIV-infected in Myanmar, where
lack of prevention and treatment helps the disease spread,
according to the UN. Military-imposed limits on travel in the
country have hampered international aid agencies that are
helping HIV/AIDS patients. More treatment access is needed,
said Thin, to prevent people from dying and to protect the