Cambodia village reports mass HIV/AIDS infection

A Cambodian doctor (L) offers anti retro viral drugs to a woman living with HIV at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship hospital in Phnom Penh on November 30, 2012Hundreds of panicked residents of the village in Battambang province in the country's west have flocked to a health centre for testing since news of the mass infection emerged last week, with a total of 82 having been confirmed as being infected. "Of 556 people tested, 72 of them came back positive for HIV/AIDS," Teng Kunthy, Secretary General of the National AIDS Authority, told AFP, adding that 14 of the people infected were children. "This is our preliminary conclusion… we are working to collect more evidence." A further 10 people were found to be infected with the virus on Tuesday when more villagers arrived at the health centre, also in Battambang province, Hei Sik, a local HIV/AIDS program director, told AFP by telephone. Cambodia has been widely hailed for its efforts in tackling HIV/AIDS.



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