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23,902 people carry HIV virus in Iran

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

According to statistics until December 2011 about 23,902 people in Iran had been diagnosed with AIDS/HIV virus, the Health Ministry said in a report released on Tuesday.

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The figure is based on the data gathered until the end of the third quarter of the Iranian calendar year of 1390 (December 22, 2011). The data was provided by medical sciences universities and health centers.

Amongst the victims 91 percent were male and the remaining nine percent were female.

According to the report, 46.5 percent of the victims were between ages of 25 to 34 which accounted for the largest number among different age groups.

According to Heath Ministry syringes used commonly for drug injection accounted for 69.7 percent of the disease, sexual intercourse 10.3 percent, blood transfusion 1 percent, and transfer of the virus from mom to kid 0.9 percent.

However, the causes for the spread of disease in 18.1 percent of patients have not been determined yet.

Comparatively, statistics that were released in the year 1389 (March 2010-March 2011) showed that drug injection accounted for 66.1 percent of the HIV virus, sexual intercourse 20.7 percent, and transfer of disease from mom to kid 2.7 percent.

However, the causes behind the spread of the disease in 10.5 percent of the patients were not clear and also no trace of the disease spread through blood was found.

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