BANGKOK (NNT) - Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha has attended a seminar to follow up on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) services in Thailand. PrEP is an antiretroviral treatment taken by HIV-negative people before potential exposure to HIV in order to stop transmission.
At 2:20 p.m. on Oct 29, Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali proceded to Bhumisiri Mangkhalanusorn Building at Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Pathum Wan district, Bangkok, to attend the seminar to follow up on PrEP services in the country.
Her Royal Highness was accompanied by HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha Narendiradebyavati Krom Luang Ratchasarinee Siripatchara Maha Watchara Ratchathida.
The United States Global AIDS Coordinator and Ambassador-at-Large, Dr. Deborah Burke, who oversees the implementation of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), presented a token to Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, who has been named the Goodwill Ambassador for HIV Prevention in Asia and the Pacific by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali then bestowed honorary plaques on eight individuals who have made remarkable contributions to Thailand.
The seminar was hosted by the Thai Red Cross Society, the Ministry of Public Health and relevant agencies to follow up on Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali’s PrEP project, which has been successfully carried out across Thailand. Key topics at the seminar included implementing public relations activities, evaluating PrEP services, combating PrEP stigma and promoting PrEP products. The Ministry of Public Health has prepared medical teams to oversee PrEP services nationwide, while the National Health Security Office will include PrEP as a covered benefit next year.
On this occasion, Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha delivered a speech on the advancement of PrEP in the country.
PrEP was introduced in Thailand in 2010. Five years later, the AIDS Research Center of the Thai Red Cross Society operated PrEP sites for men who have sex with men and transgender women. In 2016, the Princess PrEP project was launched to commemorate Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali’s 50th birthday. The project is supported by the Princess Soamsawali AIDS Medication Fund of the Thai Red Cross Society. Free PrEP medication has been provided to target groups from the community level. Before June 2019, the project provided free PrEP medication to 3,990 patients.