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Cambodian AIDS Patients March to Demand Government Help

October 1, 2002

About 300 Cambodians with HIV protested in Phnom Penh Tuesday to demand more government help. The protesters walked to a conference center where 1,000 government ministers, provincial authorities and AIDS patients are attending a three-day meeting on combating the disease. An estimated 90,000 people have died from AIDS in Cambodia since 1991. Within the next eight years, that number is expected to rise to between 230,000 and 250,000, according to Cambodia's National AIDS Authority. Fewer than 500 Cambodians receive free treatment with antiretroviral drugs from the government. "I want to live longer to care for my children, but I need more help," said Chea Pheap, 33.

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10.01.02; Ker Munthit

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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