In 2003, the Thailand Ministry of Public Health –U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Collaboration (TUC),
in partnership with Thai Red Cross (TRC) and Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand (RSAT), conducted the first assessment of
HIV prevalence among Thai men who have sex with men (MSM) in Bangkok. The HIV prevalence found among this population was 17.3%
and rapidly increased to 28.3% two years later (2005). From the results of assessment, TUC found that most of MSM had never received an HIV test,
and that there was a need for an MSM-friendly clinic and facility that facilitated and encouraged access to HIV testing for MSM.
TUC recognized the effects of HIV epidemic among MSM in Thailand and how to respond to this situation.
Silom Community Clinic was established to promote HIV/STI voluntary and testing services to MSM and to serve as research site for the implementation of HIV/STI behavioral and biomedical interventions and prevention studies since September 30, 2005.