T he World Health Organization's regional chief visited the Cambodian capital's
red light district Mar 4 to inspect a sexual diseases clinic and talk with
prostitutes about AIDS awareness.
"This young girl is only 18 years old
and been here three months yet she's never heard of AIDS," said Dr Sang Tae Han,
emerging from a street side brothel.
Han said there was a need for more
education about sexually transmitted diseases and pledged continued support for
the community clinic.
The clinic, funded by the World Health Organization
(WHO) is running an educational program about sexually transmitted diseases in
addition to providing treatment for sex workers, said Jacqui Dunn, a British
She said gonorrhea was rife among the estimated 200
brothels in Tuol Kork, a two-km-long strip of wood and thatch
The prostitute population numbered about 1,200 and was equally
divided between Cambodian and Vietnamese, she said.
were more likely to be infected with gonorrhea than Vietnamese because they were
culturally more shy about treatment for sexual disease, she said.
said the clinic was the only one of its type in Cambodia.