My latest research
adventures brought me to Bangkok, where we launched and trained
another site for our project to figure out the best way to monitor
children's adherence to HIV therapy across sites around the world.
I really love seeing this work expand across the global sites
providing HIV care.
The Thai Red Cross has been caring for patients with HIV in
Bangkok since 1985. They are true pioneers in what it means to
provide HIV care for patients in poor places. In the Thai Red Cross
HIV Research Center, they provide care for a large number of
children, adolescents and adults who are also enrolled in key AIDS
research studies. Most of their children are on the older end
because they have been providing HIV care for so many more years.
This makes them a great site with which to work to figure out the
challenges of transitioning children with HIV into adolescence and
Not only was this site well-equipped to launch our new research
project, but they enthusiastically welcomed me to do teaching for
two of the medical schools in Bangkok about pediatric adherence to
HIV therapy. Moreover, the Thai Red Cross team hosted us with great
enthusiasm, making sure my program manager and I saw the highlights
of the city and ate, ate, ate our way across Bangkok. Such fun.
The Thai Red Cross team with me at the Grand Palace