PHNOM PENH, Cambodia– As of Monday, one village in Cambodia can now attribute it’s rampant spread of HIV to a man who was posing as a licensed medic.
Yem Chhrin was charged with murder carried out with cruelty, intentionally spreading HIV — human immunodeficiency virus — and practicing medicine without a license, said Nuon San, a Battambang provincial court prosecutor.
Health officials say 106 people in that one village alone have tested positive for HIV.
Cambodian media has reported that the infected villagers range in age from 3 to 82 years old and include Buddhist monks.
Cambodian authorities say Yem Chhrin admitted to reusing syringes for treatment of patients, a practice that can spread HIV.