Cambodia’s Hun Sen in the Dark about HIV/AIDS

20 Dec

Don't Get Stuck With HIV

Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia is probably not the only national leader totally confused about HIV/AIDS. The news that over 100 people may have been infected with HIV as a result of an “unlicensed” doctor reusing skin piercing equipment, such as syringes, needles, intravenous drips and possibly others, underlined the leader’s complete ignorance about HIV transmission.

The prime ministers first response was to doubt if the HIV tests were accurate. But he seems to believe that HIV is exclusively transmitted through sex (and perhaps from mother to child or through injecting drug use). He doesn’t seem aware of transmission through blood exposure as a result of unsafe health, cosmetic or traditional practices. He also seems to believe that the quack arrested for performing these unsafe procedures must himself have been infected with HIV, which is not the case.

If one of the quack’s patients was HIV positive, reusing equipment that…

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