The Doctor's Consultation:
by Dr. Iain Corness
SuperSight Surgery club sees a bright future
(I have previously mentioned
SuperSight Surgery, but having heard that a “fan club” for the procedure has
begun, I thought it worthwhile to feature it again.)
Are you over 50 and using spectacles to read this article? Do you hate your
reading glasses? If so, keep them on and keep reading, help may be at hand!
Unfortunately, the need for reading glasses is a natural progression of
aging. The first signs are the fact that you have to hold this newspaper
further away to be able to read it, and you also find that you need a good
light to be able to see the words clearly. Eventually you run out of arms,
and you succumb and buy reading glasses. This means that you have become a
slave to your spectacles! Eventually your nose gets funny indentations
either side of the bridge, where the spectacles settle.
It is important that you understand just why this happens. As you get older,
all the ‘elastic’ tissues in your body become less pliable. Knees, lower
back, fingers, neck, the list is endless. However, you have to add to that
list, the lens in your eye.
The fiddly little lens, supplied at birth as a standard feature, does not
have a fixed focus, but you can make it focus close up (to read) and then
also focus at a distance, such as when you are following your golf ball. The
way you do this is by ‘bending’ the lens to be able to focus on near
objects. Unfortunately, as the lens becomes less pliable, the muscles in
your eye become unable to bend the stiffening lens enough to produce the
near point focus. The near point moves further away, until you have run out
of arms. We medico’s call this condition ‘Presbyopia’.
Unfortunately there is yet another result of aging that occurs in the lens
of the eye. This is a gradual cloudiness which lowers the visual acuity, and
eventually brings on blindness. Welcome to the wonderful world of white
sticks and Labradors. According to the World Health Organization, currently
between 12 and 15 million people are estimated to be blind from cataracts,
and by the year 2020, this will be 54 million people.
The initial treatment was by removal of the now optically inefficient
natural lens, and attempting to return some usable vision through the
introduction of very thick and heavy spectacles placed before the eyes.
These glasses looked as if they were made from the bottom of Coca-Cola
bottles (registered trade mark and all), and were just as heavy. The patient
could see again, but reading required even thicker lenses.
However, in 1949, a Dr. Harold Ridley noticed that pieces of shattered
Perspex after a penetrating eye injury in aircraft crashes did not produce a
reaction within the eye. This was the first step towards production of the
Intra-Ocular lenses (now referred to as IOL’s as we medico’s love acronyms).
It became possible for us to replace the cloudy hard lens with a clear lens.
The patients could see again, but did need reading glasses, as the lens had
a fixed focus.
So we come to the latest development in IOL’s. The focusable lens, under the
control of the patient’s own intra-ocular muscles. With these lenses you can
read your golf scorecard with your near vision, focus on the ball on the tee
with your intermediate vision and then using your distance vision watch it
gently arcing into the water hazard. (These new IOL’s can improve your
sight, but not your golf, I am afraid.)
We also have Dr. Somchai Trakoolshokesatian who practices in Thailand, down
on the coast at the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya. He is one of the world leaders
in inserting these new lenses. The results have been so outstanding that
medical ‘tours’ are coming to this country to have this operation. Word of
mouth has been bringing people to Thailand for the operation that can return
their sight to what it was when they were 20 years old.
SuperSight Surgery works best in what are technically known as hyeropic
presbyopes, meaning those individuals who are farsighted and have lost the
optimal close up focusing ability of their eye’s natural lens. Presbyopes
typically wear glasses for close-up work or reading; however, because each
individual’s situation is different, a consultation with Dr. Somchai is the
only way to definitely determine if you are a good candidate for the
So what does it cost? The current fees for the procedure are around 200,000
baht, which include surgery fees, the special lenses, implantation for both
eyes and medicines on the day of surgery and one night stay in hospital.
Dr. Somchai can be contacted through his website www.doctorsomchai.com
Heart to Heart
I think we would all want to throw rocks at these Thai people if the
kids were not so cute, and the women were not so beautiful and
accessable (sic) by the use of a little money. It’s a finely formed,
impressive looking package to bump into, but let’s face it, there isn’t
much else behind it, and if you look for more, you get into trouble; and
that’s just the thing. Why bother? Enjoy it for what it is. Thailand’s
economy is fuelled by the sale of bodies for sex, and although they are
looked down upon, prostitutes are the reason for Thailand’s improving
economic status. Is this the dawning of the age of Aquarius? The rising
economic power generated by mass interest in sex with Asian women?
Surely all that Asian porno must have it’s (sic) effect on the
collective psyche and libido of the American male, or man from anywhere
outside Asia. The hordes of men with money who go to have sex in Asian
countries and become expats (perhaps business owners, or English
teachers, if they don’t have much money, or have lost it) creates jobs,
puts food on tables, and sends children to school. The funny thing is,
what will be the use for English, if 10 years from now, all of us are
living in a bigger country called China? Hillary, are you one of these
strange, sort-after (sic) creatures of orgasmic delight?
Dear Mr. Enjoy,
I was very tempted to bin your letter, but finally decided that I should
publish it, to show that there is still such sex dominated thinking
rampant (a good word for you it sounds) in non-Thais and westerners in
particular. You mentioned “Asian porno” and its apparent effect on the
American male, which is interesting considering that the center of
pornography is either America or Europe, depending upon who you read or
You also postulate that “prostitutes are the reason for Thailand’s
improving economic status.” What absolute rubbish, my Petal! This would
appear to fly in the face of reality. Thailand’s economic status is not
really improving, quite the reverse if financial statistics are anything
to go by, though I doubt that you study the finance pages, since you
would rather use bar fines as an economic index. Even if I am incorrect
(and I thought I was once, but I found I was mistaken) when foreigners
are spending more than 240 million baht in one day at the Thailand Stock
Exchange, that far exceeds your bar fine economic index.
I presume that you are from America, and apparently from some part of
that nation that does not have prostitution. Please let me know which
state that is, as none of my friends know it. America outlawed
prostitution many years ago, and that failed, just as the prohibition
As far as me being a “sort-after creature of orgasmic delight,” yes, I
suppose I am, but the phrase you were trying to find is “sought-after”.
Simple rule - if you can’t spell a word, then don’t use it. Such as
“accessible” not “accessable”. And learn when to use “it’s” and “its”.
That’s the boy. I leave it to others to debate your topic.
I come over to Thailand once a year and every year it is the same. Fun,
fun, fun. By the end of my three week vacation I need the fourth week to
recover. What I am wondering, is how do the guys who live in Thailand
keep up the pace? Is it blue diamonds or what? I’m only 35 and I see
some much older blokes than me who seem to be regulars in some of the
Peter the Pacemaker
Dear Peter the Pacemaker,
Have you ever heard about the kid in the candy store? That’s you, my
Petal. The guys who live here perhaps do resort to the blue diamonds for
their viagorous exercises, but many of the older chaps you see in the
bars who are regulars have got through the candy shop stage. But as you
say, you are only 35, so enjoy life, Peter who is pacing himself. The
bars will still be here on your next holiday.
My girlfriend and I have a good relationship except for the fact she
keeps losing the keys and mobile phone. This is very annoying, how can I
stop her doing this?
Have you ever considered the fact that your girlfriend is losing keys
and telephones as a subconscious way of expressing her lack of
satisfaction with the relationship or simply as a device to annoy you?
One quick fix is to either don’t let her see that it annoys you or
simply don’t speak to her for days every time she loses things. The best
way though is to “Give her the monkey and let her feed it.” Which is a
Thai expression for allowing her to take the consequence of her own
actions. Do not let her have or use your mobile phone ever, keep a spare
set of keys for you, but never unlock the apartment for her, and never
give her another set after she has lost one. If this is too tedious,
maybe losing this girlfriend would be less frustrating than her losing
Camera Class: by
Why you should leave your lenses on f5.6
have three lenses in my camera bag. A 24 mm, a 50 mm and a 135
mm. Pick any one out of the bag and you will most likely find
that it is set on f5.6. Why?
There are many reasons, including laziness, extreme familiarity
with my camera and equipment, and the fact that I take more
‘people’ shots than countryside landscapes. Boiling all this
down, I am generally more interested in shooting the subject
than I am in the background.
How many times when you are taking a photograph do you actually
look at the background? If you are honest, then the vast
majority of you will reply, “Never.” Unfortunately, the wrong
background, fussy, cluttered or “jarring” is a sure-fire way to
spoil what could have been a great picture.
In your haste and eagerness to make the subject the “hero” you
forget to look at the background, being so engrossed in making
the subject in the foreground look good. However, there are many
photographic techniques that can be used to get rid of
Take a look at the two photographs with this week’s article. The
first shot shows a young girl sitting in a row of chairs, with
an extremely “busy’ and distracting background. On the other
hand, the second shot shows the same girl sitting on the same
row of chairs, but the background has degenerated into a blur of
shapes. There is only one heroine in this shot - the girl. The
fact that these shots were taken less than 30 seconds apart, by
the same photographer, using the same camera, shows that the
control over the background is possible. It is not hit or miss.
One of the best techniques to master is the one that allows you
to control the Depth of Field in any photograph. This relates
totally to f stops and backgrounds! By the way, Depth of Field
is merely the “sharp” area between the foreground and the
background in any photograph. To isolate your subject in a
snapshot you should try and get the sharpness region to begin
just before your subject and end just behind the subject, your
“hero”. Here’s how to do this.
For this technique, you do need a camera that allows you to
select the Aperture, otherwise called the f stop. Look at the
ring of numbers around your lens and you will see that they go
from about 2.8 through to 22. You don’t even need to know what
those numbers mean, but all you have to remember is that the
smaller the number, the shorter the Depth of Field, and
conversely, the bigger the number, the deeper the Depth of
When you want to take a portrait, focus on the eyes and set a
wide aperture - generally around f4-5.6 is satisfactory. Using a
standard lens and shooting about 2 metres from the subject, you
will get a Depth of Field that will extend from around 200 mm in
front to 400 mm behind. Anything further away will be gloriously
out of focus, isolating your portrait subject from any
distracting background, just like the second photograph here.
So that is the reason that my lenses sit on f5.6. I can shoot in
a hurry and not have to think about the backgrounds at all. I do
know this is a lazy way, and every so often I can get caught
out, so after the first couple of grab shots I do check the
aperture ring! And so should you!
Money Matters: Graham
Macdonald MBMG International Ltd.
Why? Part 1
Why are so many commentators so positive about the global
outlook when there are so many reasons to be negative?
1) It’s their job - in the main equity analysts can only sell their products
by forecasting some level of growth in equity values. Their most cautious
statements still imply that buying and holding equities remains a good idea.
This isn’t always the case but for equity analysts to admit that would be
like turkeys voting for an early Xmas.
2) Liquidity has been the dominant force recently - The global economy ended
2006 on a strong note recording one of the strongest quarterly gains of the
expansion. The impressive gains in final demand (principally consumer
spending and capex) stemmed from the US policy of using liquidity to finance
growth. This policy has been echoed in many other markets. However, history
and common sense both dictate that it’s impossible to maintain ever higher
liquidity. At some point a credit crunch follows and brings down the curtain
on a high growth economy powered by leveraged liquidity.
3) Arrogance - in all walks of life most people think that with the lessons
of history we’re all smarter and more sophisticated now. In many areas that
may be true. However, in economics we’re actually choosing to ignore the
lessons of the past. The dot.com boom of the late 1990s saw a vast amount of
egg on the faces of the “it’s different this time” crowd and yet the same
mantra is heard every time you turn on CNBC. Some things do change but the
fundamental facts that if you borrow money you have to pay it back and the
more that you borrow the more you have to pay back remain constant. Debt and
repayment are big factors in creating expansion and decline respectively.
That’s why economies remain cyclical and why history’s pointers that we’re
headed for a significant downturn can’t be ignored. Some things aren’t
different this time - some things never change.
Volatility is definitely the big thing at the moment with markets being “all
over the shop” in the last few weeks. From big up days to key reversal down
days, being in cash would have saved you a lot of anxiety and little lost
opportunity cost since late February. Gavekal are fantastic ‘out of the box’
thinkers and whilst correctly bullish for the past few years, their recent
research piece entitled “Enough Dynamite to go fishing” made very
interesting reading. “While there are over a million earthquakes per year
around the world, most are too small to be felt. According to the Centre for
Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis,
approximately 80,000 earthquakes per month, which means the planet
experiences one every 30 seconds. However, a large 8.0+ magnitude quake on
the Richter scale happens only once per year. The definition and frequency
of earthquakes is quite analogous to financial markets – a constant building
and releasing of pressure that most of the time is imperceptible to market
However, global markets undoubtedly experienced a seismic event in late
February and early March. When comparing the indicators to October 1987, the
Russian debt crisis in 1998, September 11th 2001, the sell off of 2002 and
the correction of last May, the magnitude was off the chart! This was not an
imperceptible pressure blow off. The NYSE ARMS Indicator, which relates
advancing to declining stocks and volume, logged a reading not seen since
the crash of October 1987. The CBOE put/call indicator, which relates the
number of puts v calls purchased, recorded a more fearful spike than after
9/11 or the sell off in 2002. Gavekal provided no conclusion to these
charts, other than to point out that their technical indicators for the US
market turned quite violently. They then posed the question, “Will this
earthquake be enough to cause lingering damage to the system?”
Our conclusion, volatility is here for the remainder of this year at least
and when staring through the abyss it is amazing to see what is on the other
4) Optimism - the global economy has been led for some time now by the US
economy. The US economy was the most successful economy in the 20th century.
Its development during that and the preceding century were built as much on
ability to develop and exploit new technologies as on a vast and willing,
increasingly skilled labour force. Both of these piggy backed the ‘American
Dream’ - a lot of people got rich in the ‘land of opportunity’ because they
believed that they could. Although the US economy was the greatest
beneficiary during times of expansion, recessions often hit the US harder
last century because the nation just didn’t see them coming and was geared
up gung ho to opportunity.
The most intelligent comments that we have heard about the direction of the
world economy in 2007 have emanated from General Surayud here in Thailand -
not needing to pander to or support any particular ‘dream’, he has been very
forthright about the imminent slowing of the global economy and the need to
de-leverage, adopt austerity measures and brace for the coming impact.
Politicians (and in the widest sense that includes Fed chairmen) don’t have
that luxury and find themselves pressured - unless they have the exceptional
moral fortitude to stand against the tide and make massively unpopular
decisions - into leading the charge of “all is wonderful ... this time it’s
different” crowd. This attitude prevails through the markets that want to
believe this and this explains why, when symptoms of slow down appear, they
are assumed to be proof of soft-landing when equally they could be
harbingers of depression.
Forsyth’s Chief Economist, Peter Toogood (appropriate name in this context?)
recently wrote: “The next few quarters should see weaker consumer spending
in the US due to the lagged effect of monetary tightening, higher gasoline
prices and an increasing spillover effect from the housing downturn.” But
then, without any further explanation divined that this means a return to
‘normal’ trend growth rates for the next 2-3 years before the race is back
on again and that in the meantime, the rest of the world will take up the
slack. This is typical of the scenario that is widely presented as what’s
likeliest to happen. That’s extremely misleading - this is the best possible
scenario that could happen but ignores all of the structural problems facing
leveraged western economies over that time.
The above data and research was compiled from sources believed to be
reliable. However, neither MBMG International Ltd nor its officers can accept
any liability for any errors or omissions in the above article nor bear any
responsibility for any losses achieved as a result of any actions taken or not
taken as a consequence of reading the above article. For more information please
contact Graham Macdonald on [email protected]
Arts - Entertainment - Lifestyles: Let’s go to the movies
Now playing in Chiang Mai – perhaps! Call ahead to check times
Pan’s Labyrinth: Mexico/Spain/US Fantasy/Thriller – A highly regarded film,
but likely not shown here, although it had been promoted at Airport Plaza. A
one-of-a-kind nightmare set in Fascist Spain of1944. By all reports, not to
be missed. Rated R in the US for graphic violence, language. Universal
acclaim: 98/85 out of 100.
Sunshine: UK Thriller/Sci-Fi – Fascinating! With echoes of “2001” and other
thoughtful science-fiction classics. Outstandingly beautiful visuals,
especially at the end when they encounter the Sun/God. Rated R in the US for
violent content and language. Mixed or average reviews: 57 out of 100.
Alone (Fad): Thai Thriller – Very much worth seeing. Some genuinely creepy
moments, and the story is fascinating, twisty, and well done.
Mr. Bean’s Holiday: UK Comedy – Quite brilliant madcap mime; I enjoyed it.
Mixed or average reviews: 50 out of 100.
The Reaping: US Horror – Hilary Swank investigates a small Louisiana town
that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues. Rated R in
the US for violence, disturbing images and some sexuality. Generally
negative reviews: 33/34 out of 100.
Primeval: US Horror – News crew sent to Africa to capture a legendary
crocodile. Ugly violence by nature’s creatures, surpassed by the barbarity
of the human warlords. I enjoyed much of it – the country is beautifully
photographed – but there are too many upsetting images of chompings and
beheadings. Rated R in US, for strong graphic violence, brutality, terror,
and language. Generally negative reviews: 35/34 out of 100.
TMNT: Hong Kong/US Animated – “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” go around
kicking butt. Too frantic, frenetic, and jumpy for my taste, but some
excellent animation all the same. Mixed or average reviews: 41/50 out of
The Number 23: US Mystery – Jim Carrey as a man obsessed with a book that
appears to be based on his life but ends with a murder that has yet to
happen. Rated R in the US for violence, disturbing images, sexuality, and
language. Generally negative reviews: 24/35 out of 100.
Blood and Chocolate: US Horror – Apparently even worse than the usual
werewolf flick. Generally negative reviews: 33/37 out of 100.
Confession of Pain: Hong Kong Crime/Drama – Tony Leung. From the makers of
“Infernal Affairs” (remade as “The Departed,” the wildly successful Martin
Scorsese film). Twisty crime thriller.
Bus Lane: Thai comedy – Songkran on a hijacked bus. Dreadful, to gauge from
Ma Mha (Mid-Road Gang): Thai Comedy – Thailand’s first talking animal
Ghost Station (Goey-Gay): Thai Comedy – Gay cowboys. I’ve seen this. It’s
Scheduled for this Thursday, April 19 – but no promises!
Syndromes and a Century: Thai Drama – It will be a miracle if this actually
arrives, but it should. It’s an important film by a leading Thai director.
If it does show up, see it! It’s the latest self-enclosed cinematic enigma
by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, containing some mesmerizing imagery and a
miasma-like atmosphere. But, as is his wont, only fits and starts in the way
of plot. He’s dealing here with reminiscences, we’re told (though not in the
film itself), of the director’s parents, both of them doctors; of their
courtship; and of what it was like for him to grow up in a hospital
environment. Weerasethakul says that the first half, with its warmer,
gentler mood, is for his mother, and the second, where scenes are repeated
in brisker and cooler variations and the hospital is an antiseptic urban
one, is for his father. Generally favorable reviews: 79 out of 100.
Shooter: US Action/Drama – With Mark Wahlberg. Rated R in the US for graphic
violence, language. An edgy thriller about a marksman framed as a
Presidential assassin. Mixed or average reviews: 53/56 out of 100.
Me…Myself: Thai Drama/Romance – Amnesiac tries to recall his past memories,
with the help of the girl who caused his problem.
The Haunted Drum: Thai Drama/Thriller – Drummer uses haunted drum.
Hannibal Rising: US Horror – Rated R in the US for strong grisly violent
content and some language/sexual references. How Hannibal Lecter came about
(just what you wanted to know, right?). The beginnings of the most awful
killer series with Anthony Hopkins as the psycho-killer. But this one is
without that classically-trained actor. Besides, it seems to be just pretty
bad. Generally negative reviews: 35/39 out of 100.
Films on DVD for Rental in Chiang Mai: Austere Viewing
The Gospel of John
There have been numerous attempts to put the life of Christ on film.
Scorsese’s controversial Last Temptation of Christ comes to mind along with
the more recent and even more pain-filled and dramatic The Passion of Christ
by Mel Gibson. Or at the other extreme there was the more romantic
interpretation of Jesus of Nazareth from that master of the sweet and
sensuous, Franco Zeffirelli. I had not heard anything about this Gospel of
John, but after noticing it in a few shops I decided to give it a try. It
turned out to be a finely crafted piece of work by a well-qualified
British/Canadian team. The director is mainly known for his television work,
as is the lead actor, the comely and dignified Henry Ian Cusick. The concept
behind the film is quite straightforward. Christopher Plummer, who has
appeared in countless films from The Sound of Music to Alexander, reads the
gospel in his rich and expressive tones while we see the events described
taking place on the screen with the actors speaking their own words where
appropriate. The version used is the Good News Bible, which seems an elegant
translation that fits the purpose well.
The cinematography certainly deserves praise as the desert settings appear
in all their beauty with great attention paid to the exquisite light. The
film avoids any drama other than that which is inherent in the story. For
example, when Lazarus is raised from the dead we see only his shadow
emerging from the tomb, and the angels who announce the resurrection are
heard and not seen. The director also seems to have consciously decided to
eschew references to great art images of the events recounted here. There is
no hint of Leonardo’s Last Supper when we come to the final meal. The
influence of Guido Reni’s Ecce Homo may be present when Jesus appears in the
Crown of Thorns, but possibly the events of the Passion have been painted so
often one simply cannot avoid depicting them in similar ways.
The Jesus shown here is a warm, smiling, refined, slightly New Age figure,
definitely human but also confident in his own charisma and status. The film
relies heavily on close-ups with a lot of work being done by the actors’
eyes from which we read the characters’ doubts, fears and adoration. The
accents are standard and educated.
All this, along with a fairly subdued score with Middle Eastern accents and
some more Western Classical scoring as the story darkens, makes for a very
tasteful film. It does not, however, make for a very gripping one. One is
struck by the beauty and mystical tone of the Fourth Gospel, but of course
it was not written as a screenplay and the sequence of the various episodes
is quite jerky. Then there are the long theological discourses- whatever
their importance, they do not offer much opportunity to the camera, which
repeatedly circles the faces of Jesus’ auditors. The film is three hours
long and although there are plenty of memorable moments and scenes [the Via
Dolorosa and Crucifixion are very impressive], there are also moments of
For a Christian who wants to recall John’s Gospel or someone who wants to
learn some more about the New Testament this is an excellent choice. It is
not, however, and perhaps was never intended to be, particularly
entertaining; there are more cinematic versions available for those who want
Your Health & Happiness: NGOs call for protection of HIV-infected persons
AIDS NGO representatives and activists have dismissed a draft law on the
protection of HIV-infected persons in Thailand as discriminatory to the
people it seeks to protect.
The draft law titled “The Act on Protection of HIV-Infected Persons and AIDS
Patients (B.E.)” could reverse the country’s efforts to effectively respond
to HIV and AIDS, said many of the civil society activists.
AIDS NGO representatives and activists said that government drafted the law
without the consultation and participation of people living with HIV.
In the draft law, people living with HIV are referred to as “dangerous” and
“special persons” who must be separated from society to protect the general
public from the disease.
There are fears that if the law is passed, it will drive the disease
underground as people will be afraid to know their status.
“It’s a legal and policy tragedy, and we feel that out efforts will be
belittled by the law,” said Khun Supatra Nakapiew, director of the Thai
National Coalition on AIDS (TNCA) and Center for AIDS Rights (CAR).
Civil society activists warned that the draft law initiative could backfire
because, rather than protect, it stigmatizes and discriminates people living
They further added that draft law will make people living with HIV reluctant
to obtain services for HIV prevention, treatment, and care.
The draft law proposes the setting up of special hospitals and schools for
people living with HIV, and their children. It also proposes to separate
people living with HIV from their children. The draft law also empowers the
state to segregate and detain people living with HIV.
The assumption is that ostracizing people living with HIV will control the
spread of the disease.
The draft law gives the government permission to monitor and criminalize
private personal acts of people living with HIV. A clause in the law
authorizes public health workers to separate or detain people living with
HIV. Little to nothing is mentioned about how to improve the quality of life
of people living with HIV in the draft law.
“The network is opposed to this law because we were not included in the
drafting process. We want to be accepted like other people. If this law is
passed, we will go back 20-30 years in the epidemic, when people living with
HIV were discriminated. The incidence and prevalence of the disease will
increase. People will not want to reveal their status to avoid
criminalization,” said Boontawee Yodruan, chairperson of the Thai Network of
People living with HIV/AIDS (TNP+)
Essentially, civil society activists believe the draft law will lead to the
infringement of the human rights of people living with HIV as well as
“After reading the law, I realized that it is not there to protect but
infringe on people’s rights, making lives of people living with HIV even
more difficult. People living with HIV do not want any special status,
therefore there’s no need to pass a law to give them special status,” said
Yodruan, “If the law is passed, there will be a severe impact on society.
People will be more reluctant to get tested for HIV to avoid being
“I don’t think we should penalize people with HIV,” said a public
prosecutor, “We should treat people living with HIV as fellow human beings.”
“This draft law will create more problems than any good, so we will oppose
it,” said Khun Supatra Nakapiew.
“If the law is passed, then we will take the case to the constitutional
court,” said Yodruan.
The Thai Network of people living with HIV/AIDS (TNP+), AIDSAccess, CAR and
TNCA have already submitted a petition to the National Human Rights
Commission’s Chairperson, the Office of the Prime Minister and the State