AIDS Said Now The Number
One Cause Of Death In Thailand

Thailand's Deputy Public Health Minister, Surapong Suebwong-lee, says AIDS has overtaken accidents, heart disease and cancer.
He says he hopes the new finding will ensure that Thailand receives a fair share of the United Nations' global AIDS fund to battle the disease that has affected one in 60 of its people.
The minister did not disclose exact figures, but said the extent of HIV-AIDS had been under-reported because the relatives of victims in rural areas were reluctant to report the real cause of death.
The U-N Program on HIV-AIDS office in Bangkok says AIDS deaths will continue to rise as Thais who were infected at the start of the epidemic 10-years ago began to get sick and die in larger numbers.
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