More than 20,000 health officials and activists from around the world are meeting in Washington for an international HIV and AIDS conference, including Cambodian officials who want to share their experience fighting the disease. Mean Chhivun, chairman of Cambodia’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, said Cambodia still needs to provide better access to treatment and prevention services, while people need to advise their sexual partners of their activities and encourage blood tests. “These are the two main points,” he told VOA Khmer. “We have to do more.” (Men Kimseng, Washington)
The global AIDS community concluded its biennial meeting this Friday with a clear sense that the end of the AIDS epidemic is possible with sustained financial, political, and scientific commitment. Kimseng Men reports from the conference.
Cambodia has shared its success in reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS with more than 20,000 delegates from all over the world at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC this week. Activists and experts have gathered for the nineteenth time to discuss ways to end the global epidemic. The head of Cambodia's delegation, Dr. Sim Kimsen, told VOA that the country has pulled its national infection rate down to 0.8 percent and created several strategies to combat HIV/AIDS in the years to come. The country hopes to end mother-to-child transmission by 2015 and improve quality preventive care and treatment .
The International AIDS Conference opened Sunday in the United States for the first time since it was moved abroad in 1990. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports that with more than 20,000 people in attendance, excitement mixed with hope at the Washington gathering because of word that AIDS might finally be overcome.