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Thailand is a leading center for medical tourism in Asia. A growing niche in this important industry is made up of people seeking HIV prevention treatments that are expensive or unavailable elsewhere.   © Illustration by Eri Sato
Asia Insight

Thai medical tourism expands into new area: HIV prevention

Cost, stigma and lack of education slow PrEP pill's rollout across Asia

RAPHAEL RASHID, Contributing Writer | Thailand

SEOUL -- In 2017, David Lee, 34, boarded a flight from Seoul to Thailand, a popular holiday destination for the nearly 2 million South Koreans who visit the subtropical country annually. But Lee was not going for the pad thai noodles and dreamy white sand beaches.

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