Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on garment workers not to discriminate against their colleagues who are living with HIV.
Speaking at the meeting with workers at Kampong Chhnang on Thursday, the premier said all workers have to instruct and educate each other related to preventing HIV infection.
“We do not discriminate HIV-positive people working at the factory with us,” he said, adding there are many HIV-positive people working in factories.
“We have to remind and protect each other in order to prevent HIV transmission to other people,” he said. “I would like to send a message to all nieces and nephews to be in solidarity.”
Last month, the premier told workers to be caution with a rise in HIV transmission, and urged people to practice safe sex. He also instructed workers to have blood tests before marriage or having a relationship with someone.
However, the National AIDS Authority confirmed that HIV transmission in Cambodia was decreasing, except for within one group — drug users.