C AMBODIA has confirmed its first Aids deaths, according to a report by local and
foreign experts on HIV and Aids.
"In 1994 the first cases of Aids in
Cambodia were diagnosed. To date, a total of nine cases have been diagnosed.
Three of the patients have since died, including one child," said the report.
The report also found Cambodia has more cases of HIV per head - ten for
every 100,000 people
- than Vietnam, at 2.51 and Laos at 1.71. The three countries lag far behind
Thailand, which has a rate of 1,242.1.
Data collected since 1991 showed
the gender ratio of HIV infection was three men to one woman, while
approximately 90 per cent of those infected were aged between 20 and 39 - a fact
that "poses serious risk to the labor force of Cambodia."
As of January
1995 more than 1,000 people were reported to have HIV, the virus believed to
cause Aids. However, experts estimate the number of real HIV cases is closer to
6,000. The rate of HIV positive tests is growing quickly, with 6.76 per cent of
blood donors in Phnom Penh testing positive in January this year, compared to
4.3 per cent for the whole of 1994 and 0.08 per cent in 1991.