Peer educators and volunteers join chat groups, providing information on why early testing is important and where they can go get tested.One such resource is Adam’s Love, a website hosted by the Thai Red Cross, and is one of the most effective means to recruit MSM for HIV testing.SWING recently expanded their services from male sex workers to MSM to help raise awareness about the severity of HIV among this group.“This weekend I will join a big group of MSM to Korat, northeast of Bangkok, to watch a traditional Thai dance show.Abasic climatic equation might go something like this: where the sun shines, it is warm; subtract the sun and the temperature drops. As the sun disappears, the clouds refuse to follow, sealing the miasma of heat over the city for another night.Quite simply, with your eyes closed it's not easy to differentiate day from night.
The seediness peaked in the 1980s and while much of the (officially illegal) sex tourism trade is now focused in other parts of the city, the lurid fluorescent signs of the go-go bars, the touts thrusting laminated menus of ping-pong balls, bottle tops and bananas at you, and open doorways revealing scantily clad girls parading along bar-tops leave little to the imagination.
There's nothing for it, so I throw caution to what little wind there is and duck into a tuk-tuk bound for Patpong.
The air rushes past as G-force thrusts me back into my seat, my fists clenched on the rails and feet planted at either corner of the disco-lit passenger compartment as the little three-wheeler goes full throttle up Silom, the main artery of the city's commercial centre. These two small streets that channel off Silom comprise the world's most infamous red-light district.
Their interest was piqued last year by the hit movie, Lost in Thailand, much as The Beach did in the West and The Hangover Part II didn't.
But it's shopping that has fuelled their enthusiasm, particularly Bangkok's shiny mega-malls such as Siam Paragon, a temple of duty-free discounts and every conceivable permutation of global luxury.