This is a free speech zone where you can discuss and debate everything Cambodia related whether you're a dyed in the wool leftist, a liberal or somewhere to right of Attila the Hun. This is also where you get to read the news the local media suppresses.
The wife's been getting a bit weak and dizzy lately. The other day she fainted out in the boonies and was taken to hospital where the doctor said her blood sugar level was low. Being mindful that her father had diabetes last year I thought it prudent to take her to a good-quality blood-testing specialist clinic in the city.
There are 4 options: red/white blood cell count, blood sugar level, Hepatitis and HIV. I was only concerned about the first two, but since the whole package was only a couple of bucks or so extra, I said do the whole lot ($25).
She went back for the result today, without me. The doctor took her into a room and told her to lie down. He said, 'What would you do if I told you you were HIV+? Would you kill yourself? Would you be angry and get revenge on other people?' Then he asked about the husband - does he play around etc etc. After scaring the bejesus out of her, he told her she was HIV negative, and clear of everything else too.
She subsequently learned on contacting her girlfriends that this is standard practice for blood tests everywhere in the city. Why do they do this? Are they conducting some secret survey to find out women's reactions to believing they've caught AIDS? Do 90% of people who ask for blood tests think they've contracted HIV and ask for the other tests just as a deflection? Or do the doctors just enjoy fucking with their patients' heads?
In fact, it's not well known just how astonishingly successful the HIV program is in Cambodia. Given that health is an area riddled with corruption and scandal, in Cambodia every registered HIV+ person gets retro-virals and good treatment. So drastic scare tactics are out of place here, in my opinion.
don't know but i tell you what i'd be going straight back to him/her and asking this exact question?
and i don't think i'd be nice about it...fucking idiots...
He's been in his room 35 years...time to let him out!
Weird and a little bit creepy.
Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it... well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men.
I avoid big pharma pill pushers. People don't die from HIV, it's the treatment that kills them. AIDS/HIV is a bogus disease. Research the alternate media.
By the way, is there a natural traditional remedy for parasites?
Andy, sounds all a bit bizarre, being a diabetic myself I would not rely on a blood test but would be better to have a glucose tolerance test done!
Forget looking up my ip here is who I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ah, didn't know that. Better look into who does that.
To some of the responses above - no point picking on this one doctor; her hypochondriac friends who do this regularly say that all (Khmer doctors) give them the same interrogation.
Anyone have any sig other/ladyfriend corroborate this? Any one know if guys are given the same grilling?
It was a policy I had come across in my own country around the mid- late eighties; to "counsel" the patient, i.e. vet them for self harm or whatever upon being told a positive result. This was because of the hystrionics, revenge and suicides that had occurred a few times in the U.S. If you said you would jump out the window e.g., they wouldn't tell you the result. Not sure if that still the case but I can attest that it is not just a Cambodian thing.
nothing is what I want.
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