CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update THAILAND: Survey Shows Many Youngsters Not Practicing Safe Sex
February 10, 2012
The Nation (Bangkok) (02.10.12) - Friday, February 10, 2012
A recent survey of 1,014 young people in Bangkok indicates 31
percent have been sexually active. Of the 12- to 24-year-olds
polled, some boys reported having had their first sexual
experience at age 12, while the youngest for girls was 13.
Just 53.2 percent of sexually active young people surveyed
used condoms. The Public Health Ministry and Suan Dusit
Rajabhat University collaborated on the study as part of broad
efforts to control the spread of STDs in Thailand. Dr.
Pornthep Siriwanarangsan, director-general of the ministry's
Disease Control Department, said plans are underway to launch
a new condom promotion campaign on Valentine's Day at MBK
Center. An estimated 60 million condoms will be handed out
across the country, he said.