Voice 1: Mechai also targeted the sex trade in Thailand. He gave sex workers free condoms - thin protective covers. These thin barriers can protect people from getting HIV. Sex workers and their employers could be shut down if they spread HIV. Condom use in the sex trade rose from ten percent to ninety percent!
Voice 2: The fight against AIDS in Thailand was successful because of strong devoted leaders. Mechai's work in Thailand effectively cut the number of new HIV infections in the Thai population. But this victory did not last for long. Today, one in every one hundred Thai people suffer from HIV or AIDS. More than half a million people remain infected. And AIDS is the leading cause of death in Thailand.