Sisters Foundation offers free HIV tests

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The Sisters Foundation offered free HIV tests and disease screenings at the Pattaya Youth Sports Center on Thepprasit Soi 7.
The Sisters Foundation offered free HIV tests and disease screenings at the Pattaya Youth Sports Center on Thepprasit Soi 7.

The Sisters Foundation offered free HIV tests and disease screenings at the Pattaya Youth Sports Center on Thepprasit Soi 7.

The transgender-rights organization holds screenings around Pattaya throughout the year, aims its outreach at ladyboys and sex workers, but also does events in public places where youths congregate to offer education on sexually transmitted diseases and condom use.

At the youth center, counselors spoke with those taking tests both before and after the procedure, advised people of their medical rights and spoke to them about HIV drugs should they test positive.

Practical tips about condom use and sexual behavior were addressed as well as emotional problems often experienced by transgenders stemming from family or societal conflicts.