May 13, 2013
"Cambodia is on track to become one of the few countries in the world to successfully reverse its HIV epidemic and may eliminate new infections by 2020, the [WHO] said Friday," Agence France-Presse reports. "The Southeast Asian nation has reduced its HIV prevalence rate from a 1998 peak of 1.7 percent among people aged 15-49 to 0.7 percent in 2012 across the whole population, the WHO said in a joint statement with the Cambodian health ministry," the news agency writes. Almost 75,000 people are living with HIV in Cambodia, but "new infections have dropped from around 15,500 annually in the early 1990s to about 2,100 in 2009 and 1,000 in 2011, the statement said," AFP notes. However, the statement "cautioned the 2020 target could be missed without continued investment in HIV prevention and care for the sick," the news agency states, noting, "External partners fund 90 percent of the country's AIDS program, which costs just over $50 million a year" (5/10).