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Lao People's Democratic Republic
Updated July 2009
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Health and Development Profiles
Surveys and Assessments
Policy Reports and Papers
Journal Articles
Patient and Community Education
Online Books and Chapters
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HIV/AIDS in Laos
Population, 20136,700,000
People living with HIV/AIDS, 201212,000
Women (aged 15+) with HIV/AIDS, 20124,900
Children with HIV/AIDS, 2012nd
Adult HIV prevalence (%), 20120.3
AIDS deaths, 2012<500
nd = No data
Source: Population Reference Bureau & UNAIDS
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HIV/AIDS-Specific Country Profiles
UNAIDS Country Profile
A brief summary of national socioeconomic conditions in the context of the HIV epidemic, and information (where available) on UNAIDS' country-level activities.
UNGASS 2008 Country Progress Report
Reports progress made in implementing the UN Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS. The report includes summary indicator data through the end of 2007. [PDF, 69K]
UNAIDS/WHO Epidemiological Fact Sheet
Statistics on the prevalence and incidence of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, and discussion of knowledge and behaviors related to HIV transmission. 2008. [PDF, 613K]
Global Fund Country Programs
Discussion of the national epidemic and description of HIV/AIDS projects supported by the Global Fund, including funding details, planned activities, and expected results.
USAID HIV/AIDS Country Profile
A description of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in selected countries, the national response, and USAID programs and support. [PDF, 106K]
Health and Development Profiles
CIA World Factbook
Extensive data over a range of fields, including geography, population, government, the economy, the military, and communications.
Population Reference Bureau Country Profile
Key demographic, health, and development indicators, selected reports and articles, and links.
UNICEF Country Tables
Statistics in the areas of population, mortality, general and reproductive health, and education.
WHO Country Profile
Links to tables containing general health indicators, country profiles on specific diseases, and selected health-related documents. Also in Spanish and French.
Surveys and Assessments
Second Generation Surveillance 2nd Round on HIV, STI and Behavior 2004
Lao Ministry of Health, Family Health International, December 2005.
Study of Young Men’s Sexual Behaviour in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic
August -November 2004. Burnett Institute, 2005. [PDF, 327]
HIV Surveillance Survey and Sexually Transmitted Infection Periodic Prevalence Survey (2001)
Family Health International, 2003.
Behaviour Surveillance Survey Lao PDR 2000-2001
National Committee for the Control of AIDS, Ministry of Health, 2001.
Policy Reports and Papers
HIV & AIDs and Mobility in South-East Asia: A Rapid Assessment
United Nations Regional Task Force on Mobility and HIV Vulnerability Reduction in South-East Asia and Southern Provinces of China (UNRTF). 2008. [PDF, 2.7MB]
Opium Poppy Cultivation in the Golden Triangle: Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Thailand
UNODC, 2006. [PDF, 5.4MB]
Watermelons, Bars and Trucks: Dangerous Intersections in Northwest Lao PDR
An ethnographic study of social change and health vulnerability along the road through Muang Sing and Muang Long. Institute for Cultural Research of Laos and Macquarie University, 2004. [PDF, 4.6MB]
HIV/AIDS in the Mekong Region: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, & Viet Nam--Current Situation, Future Projections, Socioeconomic Impacts, and Recommendations
The POLICY Project, US Agency for International Development, June 2003. [PDF, 362K]
HIV Vulnerability and Population Mobility in the Northern Provinces of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
James R. Chamberlain, UNDP South East Asia HIV and Development Project, April 2000. [PDF, 1.72MB] Also in Laotian.
Journal Articles
Understanding Male Sexual Behaviour in Planning HIV Prevention Programmes: Lessons from Laos, a Low Prevalence Country
Toole MJ, Coghlan B, Xeuatvongsa A, Holmes WR, Pheualavong S, Chanlivong N. Sex Transm Infect. 2006 Apr;82(2):135-8.
Patient and Community Education
Learning about Healthy Living: An Activity Manual for Outreach Workers
Family Health International, December 2007.
HIV Prevention Posters from the National Road Eight HIV Prevention Project
Burnet Institute, 2003.
Online Books and Chapters
Cultivating the Market: Mobility, Labour, and Sexual Exchange in Northwest Laos
Chris Lyttleton. Chapter 11, Population Dynamics and Infectious Diseases in Asia. World Scientific Publishing, December 2006.