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The PrEP’s Princess: To mark royal’s birthday Thailand gives out free PrEP

The PrEP’s Princess: To mark royal’s birthday Thailand gives out free PrEP

Thailand's HRH Princess Soamsawali (center). Photo: Twitter/ChefJasonBailey

In honour of one of the leading members of the Thai royal family, PrEP will be available for free for a short time.

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a HIV preventative drug and is available to people in Thailand at a cost.

To celebrate the 60th birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre are giving away free PrEP.

Until July 20 PrEP will be available for free at the Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic in Bangkok and seven other centres around Thailand.

By royal decree

Thailand’s royal family are highly revered and it is illegal to insult the Monarchy.

Established in 1893, the Thai Red Cross was  was accepted as a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1921.

HRH Princess Soamsawali is a popular monarch who is known for her work in public health and social welfare.

She is the honorary lifetime president of the Princess Pa Foundation which helps victims of severe natural disasters.

HRH Princess Soamsawali has been very influential the HIV/AIDS sector.  Some of the projects under her royal patronage include; Reducing AIDS Infection from Mother to New-Born Baby Program, Milk funds for infants, Medical Funding for AIDS patients,  Funding for Reducing AIDS infection from Mother to the New-Born Baby, and Program of Life Giving to the Parents of AIDS-infected Babies.

Born in London in 1957, HRH Princess Soamsawali was formerly married to her first cousin King Vajiralongkorn.

After they were divorced in 1991, she was given the title, the Princess Mother of the King’s First Grandchild.

Her adopted daughter Siraphatchara Sophatcharamani is the presdient of the Princess Pa Foundation.