HIV outbreak in Cambodia due to contaminated needles


Over 100 people have been tested positive for HIV in Rokar village, Cambodia. An unlicensed doctor, Yem Chroeum, has been charged on three counts for intentionally transmitting HIV and running the clinic without permission. Chroeum has confessed to treating patients with negligence, burning down evidence and using the same needles to treat all patients. Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen called for an inquiry into the mass HIV infection last week. The Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and UNAIDS have sent teams to the village to carry out more investigations and provide free testing and treatment services. Prime Minister Hun Sen announced last week that Cambodia is committed to stopping new HIV infections by 2020. The government will allocate US$3.7 million of national funding to HIV treatment from 2015 to 2017.

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