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Health minister: dramatic rise in HIV

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

On “World AIDS Day”, Iran’s Health Minister Hassan Hashemi expressed grave concerns over a dramatic rise in the number of people with HIV in Iran, warning that the majority of Iranians were unaware of their infections and that the trend was shifting from drug use to sexual transmission. Hashemi said that “people in Iran are frightened of AIDS because of widespread misinformation and unscientific claims. This is why HIV remains a taboo…There has been a nine fold growth in the number of people with AIDS in the past 11 years and an 80% increase each year.” According to the Health Minister, social stigma means that HIV patients and their relatives keep the disease secret. “Unfortunately, awareness among patients, social support and education and prevention is poor…In Iran, the trend is shifting from transmission through drug addicts sharing syringes to transmission through high-risk sexual activities.” About 5% of HIV patients are child workers. Under Ahmadinejad, HIV treatment and prevention program witnessed a number of setbacks - two pioneering AIDS doctors were jailed and activists were prevented from publishing AIDS awareness leaflets for students.

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  • Published: 1 year ago on Wednesday, 4 December 2013
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: December 4, 2013 @ 1:16 pm
  • Filed Under: Domestic
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    • http://www.iums.ac.ir/index.aspx?siteid=1&pageid;=141&newsview;=1307; http://tinyurl.com/IRI-Aids-RaTe

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