By Dr. Mean Chhi Vun, Director, National Center for HIV, Dermatology and STDs, Ministry of Health Cambodia
In the mid-1990s, Cambodia faced one of the fastest growing HIV epidemics in Asia and became within five years one of the few countries to have reversed its trend. Cambodia received a millennium development goal (MDG) award in 2010 from the United Nations as a global recognition of the country’s response to HIV. My plenary presentation reviewed Cambodia’s response in the past two decades and included a discussion of the way towards Elimination of New HIV infections in Cambodia.
Cambodia has had a three-phase response to HIV.
Phase 1 (1991 – 2000)
The country confronted HIV under extremely vulnerable conditions in the early 1990s as the country emerged from instability. Fuelled by unprotected sex work, HIV and STIs spread rapidly through networks of sex workers and clients in the early to mid-1990s. More...
On Sunday 100 community and community-interested participants, 80% from Malaysia came together to discuss some of the conference hot topics with international scientists. Included in the subjects of discussion were the HIV cure and the next generation of drugs, comprehensive packaging of services for Key Affected Populations (KAPs), policy and legal reform to ensure universal access to services for KAPs, and Trans-Pacific Partnerships and Free Trade Treaties and strategies to ensure the continued access to generic HIV medicine in developing countries.
Interpretation into Malay enabled local community representatives to engage fully in the discussions. The Community Activist Liaisons were also introduced to the group and they explained their role in supporting peaceful, productive activism in the conference.
By Datuk Dr. Raj Karim, Malaysian AIDS Council President
The global scientific community celebrated the 30th anniversary of the discovery of HIV last May, and we have certainly come a very long way since then. The many scientific breakthroughs in HIV research over the past couple of years hint at the possibility of a functional cure, and now there’s even talk of plausibly ending AIDS by 2050, provided we have the collective political will to achieve universal access to antiretroviral treatment, HIV prevention services and total elimination of mother-to-child transmission.
I couldn’t think of a better way to welcome the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013) to our shores than with such resounding optimism. Civil society actors in the Malaysian HIV response sector are extremely excited to see how these scientific findings will be shared at IAS 2013 and benefit the people who need HIV science the most – key populations! More...