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Cambodian Doctor Sentenced For Infecting Patients With HIV

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An unlicensed doctor in Cambodia has been sentenced to jail time for infecting more than 100 people with HIV.

Yem Chroeum was convicted of torture with aggravating circumstances and sentenced to 25 years in prison, the Phnom Penh Post reports. Almost 300 people in the Battambang province, including children, have been diagnosed as HIV-positive since last December from the outbreak Chroeum was convicted of starting.

“I have no ill will with them [those infected]. I healed them, and for some poor families, I treated them and allowed them to pay me when they had the money,” Chroeum told the court at the beginning of trial in October. Along with jail time, has also been ordered to pay compensation to the victims and to the state.

Chroeum’s case highlights a larger issue in Cambodia of unlicensed doctors operating in the country.

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