J Med Assoc Thai 1999; 82 (8):808

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Thai Language Skill and HIV Counseling among Hilltribe People: A Hospital-Based Study in Chiang Rai
Apisitsaowapa Y Mail, Prasit V , Jongsakul K , Kantipong P , Watt G , Brown AE

Twenty-nine hilltribe individuals from 6 different ethnic groups were among a group
of 70 patients included in an investigation of interactions between HIV -1 virus infection and
common tropical illnesses. Approximately half of the hilltribe subjects (14/29) required the aid
of an interpreter for HIV counseling because they could neither speak nor understand the Thai
language. The 5 HIV seropositive hilltribe individuals were younger than their seronegative counterparts
(26 vs 37 years respectively; p

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