Minister dismisses lawmaker’s HIV concerns

Cambodia’s Health Minister Mam Bunheng said on 9 March that he was unconcerned by a letter sent to him by the head of the National Assembly’s health commission last month concerning a spate of recently discovered HIV cases in Kandal province. Keep reading ...

‘No HIV outbreak’ in Kandal village, say WHO, local authorities

Following consternation this week over the Cambodian government’s decision to cease HIV testing in Peam village, health authorities released a statement on 25 February seeking to ally any fears of an outbreak. In January, five of 47 villagers tested by a local NGO returned positive results, with ...

Needle demand too high: report

As a Kandal village braces for an investigation into a cluster of HIV cases, the US Centers for Disease Control on 19 February published a new report on the now-infamous HIV outbreak in Battambang’s Roka commune, pointing to high demand for medical injections and a lack ...

Doctor denies spreading HIV in latest outbreak

Fol­lowing the discovery of an apparent outbreak of HIV in Peam village, Kandal province, Cambodia, the head of the Ponhea Leu district referral hospital refuted accusations from infected residents that he was the source of the virus. Kouy Bunthoeun, director of the provincial health department, said ...

Women increasingly among those at risk for HIV/AIDS

A new group is increasingly at risk for contracting HIV in Myanmar: women. Even as the number of people contracting HIV has begun to decline, the virus’ prevalence is growing among women, according to health experts. Women of reproductive age – from 15 to 45 years old ...

Number of AIDS deaths among young Asians doubles over past decade: U.N.

The estimated number of adolescents dying of AIDS in the Asia Pacific region has more than doubled since 2005, experts said on 30 November, warning of a “hidden epidemic”.   UNICEF urged Asian countries to improve teenagers’ access to testing, saying many young people do not know ...

Gains, pitfalls in HIV battle

As nations around the globe mark World AIDS Day, Cambodia’s first lady, Bun Rany, has appealed to Cambodians to do their part in helping the UN reach its goal of eradicating HIV entirely within 15 years. Local experts, however, say progress in some high-risk communities has ...

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