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PM calls for stop to HIV spread

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Prime Minister Hun Sen meeting with workers in Kandal’s Ang Snuol today. AKP

Prime Minister Hun Sen today reiterated his call for everyone to prevent HIV transmission as the number of people with AIDS seems to be rising.

He urged workers in Kandal province to instruct each other to prevent HIV infection.

“This issue is concerning the government,” he said.

“We do not discriminate against people who are living with HIV, but I would like to appeal to all nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters who are infected, please do not infect other people.”

“It is risky and a tragedy,” Mr Hun Sen said, adding that HIV transmission in Cambodia had been falling sharply, but the last period showed a rise.

The National Centre for HIV/AIDS Dermatology and STDs released a report recently on drug users and HIV. In 2012, there was about a 3 percent infection rate which had increased to 5 percent in 2017.

Government officials and NGOs are looking for a way to work with owners of KTVs, bars and nightclubs to have easy access to educate women working in the establishments to protect themselves against HIV and prevent discrimination against those who are infected.


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