What Was His Mission? Local Male Nurse Infects Over 100 People With HIV

An unlicensed Cambodian doctor has been charged today over an apparent mass HIV infection in a remote village after admitting he reused
needles when treating patients, officials said.
Hundreds of panicked residents of Roka village in the
western province of Battambang have flocked for testing since news of the
infections emerged two weeks ago, with more than 100 people believed to have
been infected.

Yem Chroeum, the 55-year-old self-styled doctor detained since
last week, admitted reusing needles and syringes on different patients to the
police and says he started this practice few years ago.
The man, who is not thought to have undertaken formal
medical training, had the intention to infect villagers with the virus, a
police chief said.
He was charged with three counts which include the intention
to infect others with HIV/AIDS, murder with cruel act, and operating an
unlicensed clinic.

He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if
convicted. The motive for the alleged deliberate infections is still very

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