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Call to help end HIV/AIDS by 2025

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The National AIDS Authority held the World AIDS Day in Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich Exhibition Hall on Saturday. Raksmei News

The National AIDS Authority and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation have appealed for support to help eradicate HIV/AIDS in the Kingdom by 2025.

The call was made at a ceremony to mark World AIDS Day in Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich Exhibition Hall on Saturday.

Chhim Sarath, AHF Cambodia chief, on Saturday said that this year’s World AIDS Day theme Know Your Status is aimed at keeping to commitments to eradicate the disease.

He said that there are currently about 60,000 people suffering from HIV in Cambodia and most of them are receiving care from the foundation.

“Through our cooperation with government, especially the National Aids Authority, we are proud to announce that more than half of all HIV sufferers in Cambodia are being care for by AHF,” Mr Sarath said. “We hope that this World AIDS Day will make more people aware of the fight against the disease in Cambodia and the world.”

National AIDS Authority chairman Ieng Moly said during the event that Cambodia is celebrating the 25th year of World AIDS Day and the authority appeals to everyone to join forces to help end AIDS by 2025.

In a report last year, UNAIDS said that Cambodia is ahead of every country in Asia and the Pacific in its fight against HIV/AIDS.

The report said that there are 57,000 people living with HIV in the country who have access to antiretroviral therapy, representing 80 percent of all people estimated to be infected.

Full story in Monday’s paper

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