HIV on the rise among Buddhist monks in Bhutan

It’s sad to read the news that HIV and other STDs are on the rise among young monks in Bhutan.  

But given that many of these monks haven’t chosen the religious path, but rather, have been sent down that road by parents or guardians, it’s not surprising.  

Poor families often send a child to the monastery to relieve the burden on the household of raising another kid; orphaned kids are sent when there’s no one to take them in.

In this story from Religion News Service, stress and lack of recreational facilities are blamed, too.  

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