Netflix Asia has been killing it off-late and they are back with their latest offering Doctor Climax which tells the story of a dermatologist who helps people solve their sexual problems. Anyone who has seen the series or the trailer has been curious about it and the fact that it is claimed to have been based on a true story makes it all the more interesting as people want to know who this is based on. Well, we did some digging and we have an interesting comparison that we think will interest you. Here we go.

Is Doctor Climax based on a true story?

Events in Doctor Climax seem to be inspired by the story of ‘Captain Condom’. Mechai Viravaidya. He was also often affectionately referred to as the ‘Condom King,’ for his work in the field of family planning and helping in Thailand’s war against overpopulation. Here is a bit more about his life.

Doctor Climax True Story
Credits – Wikipedia

Mechai Viravaidya is a prominent social activist and public health figure hailing from Thailand. Born on January 17, 1941, in Bangkok, his life’s work has been dedicated to improving public health, particularly in the realm of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention. Viravaidya’s journey towards becoming a leading figure in public health began in the 1970s when he served as a civil servant in Thailand’s Ministry of Finance. However, it was during his tenure as the director of the National Family Planning Program in the early 1970s that he made his most significant impact. Recognizing the urgent need to address Thailand’s rapidly growing population and the associated social and economic challenges, Viravaidya launched an innovative and bold initiative to promote family planning and contraception. One of Viravaidya’s most emphatic initiatives was the “Cabbages and Condoms” campaign, launched in the 1980s. Here’s an article about him

This initiative aimed to break down the stigma surrounding contraception and promote safe sex practices in a culturally sensitive and engaging manner. Through this campaign, he established restaurants with the same name, where patrons were offered free condoms alongside their meals. The proceeds from these restaurants were directed toward funding various social programs, including family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. Viravaidya’s advocacy for reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention extended beyond Thailand’s borders. He played a pivotal role in raising awareness and mobilizing resources to combat HIV/AIDS not just in Thailand but in the entire Asia-Pacific region.


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