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Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 83–91 | Cite as

Knowledge of HIV Risk Factors Among Immigrants in Thailand

  • Theodore D. FullerEmail author
  • Aphichat Chamratrithirong
Original Paper

Abstract

This study is based on a sample of 3,374 immigrants from Cambodia and Myanmar who worked in 17 different provinces in Thailand. Many immigrants workers had not even heard of HIV/AIDS before coming to Thailand, but most have received instruction about HIV/AIDS from some source in Thailand, and a large majority are now aware of HIV/AIDS. While immigrant workers in Thailand are fairly knowledgeable about the risk factors for HIV transmission, important gaps remain. Women, persons with less than five years of education, seafarers, agricultural workers, those who do not personally know anyone affected by HIV/AIDS, and those who have not yet received instruction in HIV/AIDS are the ones most likely to have gaps in their knowledge of HIV/AIDS risk factors.

Keywords

HIV/AIDS Immigrant workers Thailand Myanmar Cambodia Risk factors 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The data for this project were collected as part of the PHAMIT Project (Prevention of HIV/AIDS among Migrants Workers in Thailand), coordinated by the Raks Thai Foundation with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GFATM): The Global Fund Program on AIDS (GPA).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore D. Fuller
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aphichat Chamratrithirong
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Population and Social ResearchMahidol UniversityBangkokThailand

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