Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Reduced HIV testing costs a ‘positive move’

Reduced HIV testing costs a ‘positive move’

Reduced HIV testing costs a ‘positive move’

A UN-backed initiative has announced a reduction in the price of early infant HIV diagnostic tests, which, when employed in the Kingdom, could close the gap in Cambodia’s treatment program.

The Diagnostic Access Initiative, which consists of members of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and other global partners, announced yesterday the new 35 per cent cost reduction, which will lower the price of a finger prick test to $9.40.

“This is a very positive move,” said UNAIDS Cambodia director Marie-Odile Emond.

“We’ve seen very significant reduction in external funding for HIV, and we’ve had to re-prioritise and stretch resources.

With this discount, patients could still get the benefit of early diagnosis with the lowest possible cost.”

Earlier this year, the government pledged $1 million to Cambodia’s HIV treatment program with the allocated budget rising gradually to $1.5 million in 2017.

This is the first time, Emond said, that the government, which typically funds HIV basic prevention programs, has contributed financially to patient treatment.

“We have to ensure, however, that funding for HIV treatment and prevention continues to rise over the next five to 10 years as the cost for the program is quite expensive and the needs are not going down,” she said.

Cambodia could expect to benefit from the new price after the next test procurement period in 2016.

MOST VIEWED

  • Woman detained for murder of hairdresser over unpaid $1K debt

    A woman has been held in connection with the murder of a 40-year-old widow. The victim’s daughter claims the motive was the suspect’s unpaid four million riel ($1,000) debt to her mother. The 17-year-old girl, Pich Sievmey, said her mother, Koem Yaneang, a hairdresser

  • ‘Life goes on’ if Cambodia loses Everything But Arms

    Cambodia's business sector is exploring ways to mitigate any fallout from a possible loss of access to the EU’s Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement as talks continue before the 28-member bloc makes a final decision. The EU monitoring process is set to conclude in

  • Nesat beach: A magnet drawing tourists to the Kingdom’s coastline

    A white sandy beach lined by countless coconut trees awaits travellers off Cambodia’s southwest coast in Koh Kong province’s Srae Ambel district, about 170km from Phnom Penh. Over the past few years Nesat beach – a name inspired by a nearby fishing village – has

  • Woman confesses to murder, dismemberment over debt

    The daughter of a woman who was killed and dismembered in Phnom Penh earlier this month requested the authorities on Wednesday to impose the death penalty on the woman who killed her mother, after listening to the killer confess and describe her gruesome actions without