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January 13, 2014

2014 JAN 13 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Investigators publish new report on Immune System Diseases and Conditions. According to news reporting originating in Tehran, Iran, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Using the aggregated data of all sentinel sero-surveys (1991 to 2007), this study aimed to report the HIV trend among Iranian prisoners. Overall, we analysed the aggregated data from 397 HIV sero-surveys conducted in 72 prisons (included 155,771 prisoners) from 1991 through 2007."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "The overall HIV prevalence was 2.8% (95% CI: 1.8%-4.3%). In 1998, HIV prevalence dramatically increased to 4.5% (95% CI: 1.1%-16.8%), which later became stable at level of 2.8%. Prisons were so heterogeneous regarding HIV prevalence (0% to 13.2%). Since the outbreak, the ministry of health has acknowledged prisoners as one of the high-risk groups for HIV, increased the number of sentinel surveys and on-site harm reduction services to better monitor and response to the HIV epidemic."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The downward trend of HIV prevalence after 2005 suggests the effectiveness of such interventions which need to be continued."

For more information on this research see: HIV trend among Iranian prisoners in 1990s and 2000s; analysis of aggregated data from HIV sentinel sero-surveys. Harm Reduction Journal, 2013;10():1-5. Harm Reduction Journal can be contacted at: Biomed Central Ltd, 236 Grays Inn Rd, Floor 6, London WC1X 8HL, England. (BioMed Central -; Harm Reduction Journal -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A.A. Haghdoost, Minist Hlth & Med Educ, CDC, Tehran, Iran. Additional authors for this research include A. Mirzazadeh, M. Shokoohi, A. Sedaghat and M.M. Gouya (see also Immune System Diseases and Conditions).

Keywords for this news article include: Iran, Asia, Tehran, HIV/AIDS, RNA Viruses, Retroviridae, HIV Infections, Vertebrate Viruses, Primate Lentiviruses, Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Immune System Diseases and Conditions

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