25 years ago, Tha Wang Tan had many people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A). There was a lot of fear and stigma against people with HIV/AIDS due to lack of knowledge and understanding. SPeople felt rejected by the community and society and deeply despaired.
Khun Tew was a housewife in Tha Wang Tan. When words started to leak out that she had HIV, some people avoided her and would say hurtful things. At a certain point, she thought the only way out was to take her own life.
Through the actions of a handful of community members the fight against stigma and discrimination began, turning the community around. Khun Tew and her family began to support the community and vice versa! Tha Wang Tan set an example for HIV/AIDS response to the whole world.