13 June 2007
Recently, there was a big initiative to test Lao people for HIV aids. Over 14 000 people volunteered themselves to be tested. Around 1/7 of the people tested found out they had HIV. I'm guessing and hoping the people tested suspected they had HIV or were in a high risk category ie testing wasn't random. People chose to be tested after hearing that drugs were available to cure the disease. When word got around that the drugs only slowed the onset of sickness rather than curing the HIV, the numbers of people coming forward to be tested dramatically decreased.