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Iran has 23,000 to 25,000 HIV positive patients: official

A health ministry official said in Kerman on Sunday that over 23,000 to 25,000 people are estimated to be HIV positive in the country, IRNA reported.

Head of health ministry's diseases control center Dr Gouya, in a meeting with Anti-HIV committee members, said that the majority of HIV positive cases are intravenous drug users.

"Of the 640 AIDS patients in the country, only 50 are alive," the health ministry official underlined.

He said high-risk group to contract AIDS consist of street women, sexually transmitted patients and gay men.

He said to wage an effective anti-AIDS campaign, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector and charities should participate in the drive.

Over 5,051 Iranians have contracted HIV/AIDS virus in Iran since 1986, according to latest statistics.

Public Relations Department at ministry of health said of this figure, 4,826 are men and 225 women.

Some 3,397 people contracted the virus through drugs, 402 through sexual intercourse, 201 through blood and blood products, 19 people from mothers and 1,032 through unknown means.

The disease has so far claimed 674 lives in Iran.

About 36.2 percent of the AIDS cases are seen in the 30-39 age groups, 17.6 percent among 20-29 age groups and 22.6 percent among 40-49 age groups. The remaining 23.6 percent are other age groups.

Some 57 percent of a total of 721 Iranian AIDS patients have contracted the disease through shared needle, 17.2 percent through blood and related products and 14.1 percent through sexual intercourse.

Test on 5,051 out of a population of 9,638,621 since 1996 has been positive.

Addicts at refugee camps, addict and smuggler inmates, spouse of AIDS patients, children of the mothers suffering from the disease, prostitutes, transit drivers and sailors are in the high risk group.

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