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...
By Adeeba Kamarulzaman, IAS 2013 Local Co-Chair
I have mixed emotions on this day, AIDS Memorial Day 2013. It always saddens me to remember the lives cut short by AIDS but at the same I think it is also an opportunity to take something positive out of the experience. The massive strides we’ve made in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic means that we now have the potential not to lose ANYONE young to AIDS. And the resurgence we are seeing in the science in the past three years certainly bodes well for exploring new ways of defeating the virus.
If only the reality on the ground reflected the potential. Yes we should always acknowledge how far we have come – we’ve put eight million people on antiretroviral treatment, an extraordinary feat given that there were only a few tens of thousands a decade ago. Deaths from AIDS related diseases have dropped by 25 per cent just over the past five years. More...