Cambodia orders probe into ‘HIV village’ as more than 100 test positive

An NGO conducts a workshop with villagers in Takeo province, Cambodia on how to prevent HIV and other diseases in November 2013.

An NGO conducts a workshop with villagers in Takeo province, Cambodia on how to prevent HIV and other diseases in November 2013.

Hong Kong (CNN) — Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for an inquiry into a suspected mass HIV infection in a remote village in northwestern Battambang province.

The infected cases have surpassed 100 and is believed to have been spread by contaminated needles used by an unlicensed doctor, reported local media.

More than 800 panicked residents of Rokar village have sought testing after reports of infections emerged last week. Some 106 people have tested positive for HIV said the National AIDS authority.

“I call for a thorough investigation into the issue,” Hun Sen said in a televised speech on Thursday.

The Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and UNAIDS have sent teams to the village to carry out more investigations and to provide free testing and treatment services.

“I urge everyone to stay calm and avoid listening to or spreading rumors,” said Dr. Mam Bunheng, minister of health in a press release.

“We should also all fully respect the privacy of the affected families and ensure they do not face stigma and discrimination,” he added.

Villagers are accusing an allegedly unlicensed local doctor for using contaminated needles, reported Phnom Penh Post. He now remains in protective custody by the police.

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1 reply

  1. As a physician I can tell all our readers that every one in third world countries should insist on a sterilized syringe unwrapped in front of them, to prevent oneself from HIV and hepatitis.

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