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Iran Reports 30% Increase in HIV Rates Last Year

by VR Sreeraman on  October 15, 2008 at 11:55 AM AIDS/HIV News   - G J E 4
The number of people in Iran who have been infected with the AIDS virus has reached 18,320 people, a 30 percent increase on the 2007 figure, health ministry statistics showed on Tuesday.
 Iran Reports 30% Increase in HIV Rates Last Year
Iran Reports 30% Increase in HIV Rates Last Year
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"So far 1,592 of the infected people have developed AIDS... and 2,800 have died," said the ministry report quoted by the state television website.

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Intravenous drug use is still the main cause of infection at 80.8 percent. Sexual contact accounted for 11.9 percent of cases.

A full 93.7 percent of those infected were men.

Iranian officials have warned of the dangers of a rise in infections with the Human Immune-Deficiency Virus amid a surge in intravenous drug usage.

Officials estimate Iran has two million drug users in a population of more than 71 million.

The country is situated on a major drug trafficking route from the opium fields of Afghanistan to the wealthy consumer markets of Europe and the Gulf.

Source: AFP
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