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世界エイズデー World AIDS Day

(English report follows after Japanese)

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1 December 2020 is World AIDS Day. First started in 1988, it is an international day marked every year to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS infection, and to educate people on AIDS prevention and reduce discrimination against those affected by the disease.


Ever since AIDS was first detected in the early 1980s, millions of people have been infected and killed by the disease each year. In Cambodia as well, it was one of the countries in Asia with a very serious HIV epidemic back in the mid-1990s. According to the latest report released by the National AIDS Authority in Cambodia, as of 2019, a total of 73,000 people were living with HIV in Cambodia, and a total of 1,300 people died from the disease last year.


While new infection rates have dropped as compared to in the 90s, and more AIDS patients being able to receive medical treatment nowadays, the Cambodian government is not relaxing on carrying out more actions to fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. The reason gave by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is that, “Because the world has not found a cure for AIDS yet.”


As for now, Cambodia is working towards its goal to have no more than one new HIV infection per day, and no more than three deaths per day from AIDS. Just like the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, to successfully control the HIV epidemic, the responsibility does not lies on the government alone, but it requires the effort of all individuals as well.



  • Khmer Times, “Combating HIV/AIDS Remains Government Priority”, Sar Socheath, 1 December 2020,
  • UNAIDS, “Press Statement: UNAIDS Supports Community and Government Effort In Cambodia”, 22 December 2014,
  • Wikipedia, “World AIDS Day”, 30 November 2020,
  • Wikipedia, “Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS”, 28 November 2020,