ASIA AIDS EPIDEMIC

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STORY: ASIA AIDS EPIDEMICDATELINE: AUG. 26, 2011LENGTH: 0:01:52LOCATION: NEW YORKINTRO:In the early to mid 1980s, while other countries of the world started to fight against HIV and AIDS epidemics, Asia remained relatively unaffected.By the end of the 1990s, HIV was spreading rapidly in many countries and regions of the continent.Today, around 5 million people are living with HIV in Asia.But, as Lifestyles explains, work is being done to stop the disease from spreading and to save those already infected. ***PKG***Lina is one of them.Working at a karaoke parlour in Phnom Penh, captial of Cambodia, Lina told Lifestyles that she is aware of a possibly job hazard - HIV.SOUNDBITE (KHMER) LINA, PROSTITUTE"Of course it's a risk but since we are working here, we know about it and should be prepared to protect ourselves."`Cambodia has reduced its HIV infection rates with effective prevention programmes for male and female prostitutes.It is also one of only eight countries in the world to provid Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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