TEHRAN (Reuters) - A senior Iranian official has called for the
inclusion of AIDS education in school textbooks, the official
IRNA news agency reported on Monday.
Gholamreza Sahraian, a reformist ally of President Mohammad
Khatami and governor of Fars province in southern Iran, also
said that teachers should be educated on the consequences of
the spread of AIDS, IRNA said.
"We must not worry about AIDS education inciting public
opinion," Sahraian said. Formal sexual education has been taboo
in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Health officials say that more than 1,800 out of some 7.5
million Iranians who have had blood tests have AIDS, while
unofficial figures show that more than 63,000 Iranians are