Experts divided on sentencing in HIV outbreak case

Following the 25-year sentence for an unlicensed doctor who caused an outbreak of HIV, rights, development and legal experts consider whether justice was served.The questions revolve around how many years imprisonment should be meted out by the court in a case that may have been ...

Hul Reaksmey

Jobs or health: A Cambodian village's stark choice

In Roka commune, money is getting tight.After an HIV outbreak in 2014 saw 264 people infected in the small northwest Cambodian village, aid flowed in, showily. The prime minister’s wife delivered hundreds of kilos of rice, the health minister brought socks and sarongs, nongovernmental organizations ...

Abby Seiff

After shock of HIV outbreak, facing the future

Som Saron has not worked since testing positive for HIV late last year. Taking care of her young niece at her parents’ home in Roka commune last week, the 37-year-old said that a fear of being stigmatized kept her from walking the community’s gravel roads selling ...

Khy Sovuthy and Anthony Jensen

Roka residents turn out for trial

An unlicensed doctor allegedly at the centre of a medical scandal that has seen almost 300 residents of Battambang province’s Roka village infected with HIV proclaimed his innocence during the first day of his highly anticipated trial yesterday. After the judge read the charges to ...

May Titthara

'No intention to infect,' Cambodian health worker says at HIV outbreak trial

An unlicensed health worker charged in Cambodia with causing a mass HIV infection by treating patients with reused needles said on Tuesday that he had always sterilized needles before using them and has no idea how the infection was spread. ...

Hum Chamroeun

Medic in HIV outbreak case to be tried next week

The trial of an unlicensed medic who was charged with murder af­ter allegedly infecting more than 270 people with HIV will begin on Tuesday, a court official said on Fri­day. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Cambodian health worker blamed in HIV spread will be tried next week

An unlicensed health worker charged in Cambodia with murder and other crimes after allegedly causing a mass HIV infection by treating patients with reused needles will be brought to trial next week, sources said. ...

Hum Chamroeum

HIV patients in Cambodia’s Roka commune too weak to work

Patients living with HIV/AIDS in northwestern Cambodia’s Battambang province have called on the government for help in supporting their families as they are too weak to work, some nine months after an outbreak of HIV in the region saw more than 270 residents test positive ...

Hum Chamreoun

Resident of HIV village dies at 76

Another HIV-positive resident of Battambang province’s Roka commune passed away this week, marking the latest fatality in a locale where hundreds have been infected with the virus. ...

Pech Sotheary

HIV village demands access to healthcare

Members of a community in Battambang where an unlicensed doctor allegedly infected more than 200 people with HIV earlier this year have demanded free general healthcare, a provision usually reserved only for the country’s most poor. ...

Chhay Channyda

Two more test positive for HIV in Roka commune

Two more people have tested positive for HIV in Battambang province’s Roka commune this month, bringing the total number infected to 272 since an outbreak of the virus was first detected in December, a health official said Wednesday. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Elderly villager dies of HIV/AIDS in western Cambodia

An 89-year-old woman infected with HIV/AIDS has become the eighth person to die of the deadly virus in a village in remote western Cambodia, after being infected by an unauthorized medical worker who reused syringes. ...

Hum Chamroeun

HIV-positive commune official dies in Battambang

A deputy commune chief in Battambang province’s Roka commune, where an outbreak of HIV has infected nearly 250 villagers, died Monday. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Cambodian villagers say medical treatment is a pain following government directive

Villagers in a remote district of northeast Cambodia’s Kratie province say obtaining medical treatment has become extremely difficult since the government reinforced a ban on unlicensed health workers and clinics earlier this month in the wake of a mass HIV infection last year. ...

Preach Chev

Fears abound in HIV village

Three months after their community was shaken by a mass outbreak of HIV, support continues to pour in for residents of Battambang province’s Roka commune. But amid fears generated by the death of several elderly residents and the belief the funding could soon dry up, they ...

May Titthara and Alice Cuddy

Lawmaker requests funds to help pay HIV villagers’ debt

The head of the National Assembly’s commission on public health submitted a letter to the Assembly’s president on Thursday requesting that the government find funds to help HIV-positive villagers in Battambang province’s Roka commune pay back the debts they have incurred due to the virus. ...

Mech Dara

Hun Sen acknowledges misstep over HIV outbreak

Prime Minister Hun Sen admitted Tuesday that he made an error in judgment when he doubted the veracity of a growing HIV outbreak in Battambang province’s Roka commune in December. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Monks bless elderly sick in fearful HIV commune

Several elderly HIV-positive villagers in Battambang’s Roka commune are seriously ill, local authorities have said, with some of their families having called monks to bless them as they believe death may be imminent. Five people living in the commune have died since a massive HIV outbreak ...

May Titthara

One-use syringe eyed

Amid an ongoing investigation into the massive HIV outbreak in Battambang’s Roka commune, health officials yesterday said that they are requesting that auto-disabled syringes be exclusively used for administering injections in Cambodia. ...

Sarah Taguiam

Elderly deaths in ‘HIV village’

The death toll is increasing in Battambang’s Roka commune, which has been plagued by a massive HIV outbreak, as health officials confirmed yesterday that two more HIV-positive villagers succumbed to illnesses despite undergoing antiretroviral treatment (ART). The two elderly women, aged 74 and 75, died on ...

Sarah Taguiam

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