Dr. Praphan Phanuphak, MD, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, member of the Thailand National AIDS committee (NAC) and chair of the HIV Biomedical Prevention Subcommittee.
He directs the operation of Thailand’s first VCT centre in Bangkok, the Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic. The Clinic is very popular among MSM/TG with the added services of STI and anal PAP smear screenings. The VCT service is now extending into the community by helping communities to set up community-based and community-led VCT for MSM/TG. Professor Phanuphak is a co-Director of HIV-NAT (The HIV Netherlands Australia Thailand Research Collaboration), Asia’s first HIV clinical trials centre. HIV-NAT is well known internationally for its high impact clinical research.
Professor Phanuphak is a strong advocate of combination antiretroviral therapy for preventing mother-to-child transmission in Thailand and the region. He is also a strong advocate for treatment as prevention or earlier initiation of ART. The new 2014 Thai HIV Treatment Guidelines recommends starting ART at any CD4 levels. Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, together with the Ministry of Public Health and other partners are now conducting a Test and Treat project for MSM/TG in Bangkok and several provinces in Thailand. (UNAIDS: Scientific Expert list)