HIV-Positive Cambodians Call for End to Discrimination, Better Access to Treatment
About 100 HIV-positive people living in Cambodia recently gathered to call on the government to provide better treatment for HIV/AIDS and on the public not to discriminate against people living with the virus, AFP/Yahoo! News reports. According to the Cambodian Alliance for Combating HIV/AIDS, only about 14,300 of the estimated 123,000 HIV-positive people in the country have access to treatment for the virus. In addition, the group said many HIV-positive people face discrimination, including being evicted from their homes, deserted by their families, fired from their jobs and being improperly treated in drug trials. Cambodia's HIV prevalence of 1.9% is the highest in the region (AFP/Yahoo! News, 5/24).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.