AIDS Summit Spotlights Thailand's Struggle

La, a 30-year-old Burmese woman living in the north of Thailand, is counseled by a nurse at Chiangse

La, a 30-year-old Burmese woman living in the north of Thailand, is counseled by a nurse at Chiangsen Hospital on how to take anti-AIDS drugs. La became infected witih HIV as a teenager while working in the commercial sex industry in Bangkok. Jane Greenhalgh, NPR hide caption

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La, a 30-year-old Burmese woman living in the north of Thailand. She became infected with HIV while

La, a 30-year-old Burmese woman living in the north of Thailand. She became infected with HIV while working in the commercial sex industry. Jane Greenhalgh, NPR hide caption

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More people in northern Thailand's remote border region with Laos are HIV-infected than anywhere else in the country. NPR's Richard Knox travels to the region to chronicle a momentous day in the life of a young woman, La, as she starts AIDS drug treatment. She begins her treatment in the nick of time, and also begins a new job she hopes will help her avoid going back into commercial sex work. As La's story shows, it takes more than miracle drugs to treat AIDS successfully.

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