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Panel discussion in New York on Innovative Approaches to AIDS in Iran

The Asia Society ( and the American Iranian Council (www.American-Iranian.orginvite you to a panel discussion on:

Innovative Approaches to AIDS in Iran: Prospects and Challenges for the Region

Date:    Friday, October 3, 2003
Time:  6:30 pm, Reception at 6:00
Venue: Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York, NY 10021

Despite its strong attachment to religious values, Iran has shown remarkable openness to addressing HIV/AIDS and its relationship with drug use.  Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei can be credited for much of this story.  This team of brothers established the first counseling and care center for HIV-positive patients and injecting drug users in Iran.  As a result of their efforts, much of the stigma associated with drug use and HIV/AIDS is being pushed aside.  The program will discuss the successes and challenges of HIV/AIDS in Iran and the implications for the region. 

Arash Alaei and Kamiar Alaei
Advisors, Ministry of Health in Iran

Joanne Csete
HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Program, Human Rights Watch

Kaveh Khoshnood
Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS
Yale University

Robert G. Newman
Baron Edmond de Rothschild Chemical Dependency Institute
Beth Israel Medical Center

Please register in advance. 
$5 students w/ID;  $ 7 for members/NGOs;  $12 for nonmembers
RSVP early:  Phone (212) 517-ASIA; Fax (212) 517-8315;

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