In honor of Princess Soamsawali’s birthday, free PrEP will be available in Thailand for a short time.
The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center launched the initiative to celebrate the 60th birthday of the princess, a longtime supporter of HIV/AIDS charities and causes.
Until July 20, people can pick up the free medication at the Thai Red Cross Anonymous Clinic in Bangkok and seven other locations throughout the country.
Princess Soamsawali is a popular monarch who was formerly married to reigning King Vajiralongkorn. Her time in the royal spotlight has mostly been spent working in public health advocating for increased accessibility to AIDS medication nationwide.
In recent months, Thailand has become a hotspot for LGBT Chinese tourists, who travel to the country to take advantage of its relatively low prices on Truvada. A monthly dose of the brand-name drug sells for about $117 in Thailand, while in China it can cost as much as $295.
Bangkok was slated to celebrate Pride this summer for the first time in over a decade, but decided to postpone the celebration until November or December out of respect for the passing of Vajiralongkorn’s father King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
“We… are deeply saddened by the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej,” Out BKK announced earlier this year. “Therefore, out of respect of the national one year mourning period, and our love for the beloved late king, we will be postponing Bangkok Pride to the end of the year.”