An HIV-positive resident of Battambang province’s Roka commune died on Monday, marking yet another death in this area where an outbreak of HIV was first detected in December 2014.
Loeum Lorm, a volunteer for Buddhism for Development in the commune, identified the departed as Chhoeun Thuok, 60, a widow.
“This totals 28 HIV-positive residents to have died in the area since the outbreak was detected in 2014,” Mr Lorm said. “In 2017, three HIV-positive villagers died in Roka commune.”
Of the 28 deaths, 23 were women and five were men.
Beng Sor, the director of the commune’s health centre, said Ms Thuok died because she did not take her medication regularly.
“I appeal all HIV-positive people to come and take medication regularly,” he said, adding that the health centre had a new building where sick patients can rest during treatment.
Nearly 300 residents of two villages in Roka commune tested positive for the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) from November and December 2014 till 2016.