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99pc of registered HIV carriers in Cambodia receive free antiretroviral drugs

PHNOM PENH (XINHUA) – Ninety-nine per cent of the registered HIV-positive patients in Cambodia have received free antiretroviral drugs, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said in a message marking World AIDS Day yesterday.

“Cambodia has been recognised for having a treatment rate of 99 per cent for HIV-positive patients, which is higher than that of some major countries in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said.

“As of the second quarter of 2022, there were 63,610 HIV-positive patients receiving antiretroviral drugs free of charge from state-owned hospitals,” he added.

Meanwhile, Hun Sen also called on relevant ministries and institutions to try to reach an estimated 11,000 HIV carriers who have not yet come forward to receive treatment services. The prime minister said the Southeast Asian nation is committed to eliminating HIV/AIDS by 2025.