Silom Community Clinic’s Approach to HTC among MSM in Thailand
At 4 p.m., in Bangkok’s red-light and gay district along Silom Road, the heat and bustle of rush hour is intense. Thousands of business-suited commuters head home on foot, weaving their way through makeshift street stalls being erected for the night market. At the same time, gay sex clubs, dance bars, cafes, and restaurants are opening for business—their lights flicker on like eyes opening after a long day’s sleep—and their staff sweep the sidewalks and set up outdoor tables in preparation for the long night ahead.
A few steps away, the Silom Community Clinic (SCC) is also opening its doors. Housed in a quiet, private space at Bangkok Christian Hospital, SCC provides HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) services to men who have sex with men (MSM), including transgender persons.