Laos Sees an Increase in the Number of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Lao has seen high numbers of sexually transmitted diseases from January to June.

Ministry of Health and the Centre for HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (CHAS) recently shared information about the number of patients in Laos who have been diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases.

In Laos, over 70,000 people were tested for sexually transmitted diseases from January to June this year in 18 provinces, and 7,017 showed symptoms.

A report from the Centre for HIV/AIDS and STI (CHAS) with data from 1990 to 2022 revealed that more than 17,000 people were infected with HIV, 6,357 have AIDS, and 5,156 have died of a sexually transmitted disease during this period, and 66 percent of all infected people were male and 34% were female.

Most infected people were between the ages of 15 and 34 and the majority of infections occurred through unsafe sexual contact or were transmitted from mother to child, according to the official source.

The first case of HIV was reported in Laos in 1990, while the first case of AIDS was recorded in 1992.

An official from the Association of People Living with AIDS and HIV said, “Those who are unsure of where to receive treatment and medication for sexually transmitted diseases can contact hospitals in Vientiane, particularly 103 Military Hospital, Mahosot Hospital, and Setthathirath hospital.”

The Association of People Living with AIDS and HIV provides free and confidential counseling on STDs, HIV/AIDS. Call: 020 94153942.