Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Effort to reach out to transgender people

Effort to reach out to transgender people

Effort to reach out to transgender people

The National AIDS Authority reached out directly to Cambodia’s transgender population yesterday, saying they were particularly vulnerable to HIV infection and urging preventative efforts to reduce the likelihood of infection by the virus that causes AIDS.

Teng Kunthy identified three factors contributing to the increased risk of infection among this marginalised population during a discussion yesterday between government officials and transgender people at the InterContinental hotel.

“They still face discrimination from society, they are embarrassed to seek medical help, and they don’t use condoms as often after changing sex,” he said.

Miss Popi, a representative of the transgender community, reiterated these concerns.

“Transgender people are not seeking medical services for many reasons.  They fear being discriminated against, they are ashamed of others finding out that they have a sexually transmitted disease, they don’t have enough money, and they are embarrassed to show their private parts,” she said.   

The purpose of yesterday’s discussion was to find ways around these obstacles, Teng Kunthy said.


  • ‘Kingdom lacks up to 400MW in available electricity’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the general public, hoteliers and businesspeople with generators to use them as back-up as the Electricity Authority of Cambodia cannot generate enough electricity to meet needs due to low water levels in power station reservoirs. On Saturday evening

  • Sor Chandeth defends his criticism of Hun Sen

    Former senator Sor Chandeth has defended his choice of words when criticising Hun Sen, saying he was merely speaking metaphorically to attack the Prime Minister’s political life, not his actual person, as the latter seeks damages. [img] Chandeth spoke to The Post on Thursday,

  • South Korea’s Moon arrives in Kingdom for state visit

    South Korean president Moon Jae-in and his wife arrived in Phnom Penh on Thursday at the start of a three-day state visit to Cambodia to strengthen ties and further the friendship between the two countries. After arriving at the Phnom Penh International Airport in the

  • Youths band together to clean ‘filthy’ Boeung Trabek canal

    Inspired by their affection for the environment, a desire to have a clean and beautiful city, and wanting to send a message to people to stop littering, a group of some two dozen volunteer youths have taken to picking up trash day and night from