Cambodian doctor guilty of infecting patients with HIV

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PHNOM PENH: An unlicensed Cambodian doctor was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday after he was found guilty of infecting more than 200 people with HIV, including some who later died. Yem Chroeum, 55, was facing the prospect of life in prison but the court reduced his murder charge to a lesser manslaughter offense, his defense lawyer said. The rural doctor was convicted of infecting locals in the remote village of Roka in western Battambang province by reusing dirty needles. For millions of Cambodians — especially the poor and those in isolated regions — unlicensed doctors are the only realistic healthcare option for everyday ailments.

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