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Health Official: 60,000 AIDS/HIV patients in Iran

Bushehr, May 16, IRNA-Sixty-thousand Iranians are afflicted with AIDS/HIV, which is ten times the average global figure, said Deputy Minister of Health for Research Affairs Hossein Malek-Afzali in Bushehr on Monday.

Malek-Afzali however told IRNA that Iran is now in a better position in terms of containing AIDS whereas global statistics in recent years show an increase in the rate in which the disease is spreading.

Young population, economic and social problems and industrialization are among the factors responsible for the rapid rate of AIDS contraction, he said.

He called for proper planning to disseminate information to the youth, informing them of the ways the deadly disease are transferred and how to prevent it.

According to the official, about 100 AIDS research centers are currently operating in Iran, majority of which are in Tehran and the rest are in the cities of Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad, Tabriz, Kermanshah, Yazd and Kerman.

Four thousand AIDS control projects are annually implemented in Iran and 3,000 Iranian and 1,000 foreign articles are published every year in domestic and foreign language journals in Iran.

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