Iran discloses number of HIV-infected citizens
TEHRAN, Iran (AP): Iran said Monday that the country has registered more than 18,000 HIV-positive citizens and is worried that number could rise in a rare government disclosure about the AIDS causing virus.
Health Minister Kamran Bagheri Lankarani said increasingly Iranians were transmitting HIV through "illegal sexual relations," meaning adultery, prostitution and homosexuality, which are all illegal in Iran.
Dec 2, IRNA - Iran has so far spent some dlrs 20 million to control and prevent
AIDS epidemic countrywide, a senior anti-drug official on Tuesday.
Director General of Drugs Campaign Headquarters, Saeed Sefatian, told IRNA that since five years ago, the headquarters has taken preventive steps to fight spread of the HIV virus throughout the country.
He said that until that time the number of the AIDS affected patients was increasing as the disease became epidemic among needle addicts.
Sefatian referred to the establishment of Drugs Information Centers (DIC) and Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT) centers as examples of activities made to help cure the AIDS affected addicts by increasing the period of their treatment from one month to a maximum of two years.
The official expressed hope that Iran would hold workshops for its neighboring states by the end of the current Iranian year (to end on March 20, 2009) by providing them with Tehran's experiences in the field of preventing AIDS.
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