CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateIRAN: Number of People Infected with AIDS Via Sex Increases in Iran
By T. Jafarov
July 11, 2013
Trend Azerbaijan (07.10.2013)
On July 10, Iranian Labour and Social Security Ministry Official Hassan Mousavi said the annual percentage of reported AIDS infections acquired through sex rose from 12 percent during the years 1986–2011 to 33 percent for the years 2011–2012, which was cause for concern in the country. Additionally, he said that 50 percent of infected individuals were ages 25–36. According to research from the Iranian Committee to Combat AIDS, 100,000 AIDS virus carriers lived in Iran but only 27,000 were registered, leaving approximately 75,000 unaware of their disease. Information about HIV/AIDS is unavailable in Iran for religious reasons, so individuals are uninformed about virus transmission, leading to an increase in infections.