PRI's "The World" Profiles Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS in Iran and Malawi
September 26, 2006
PRI's "The World" -- a production of BBC World Service, PRI and WGBH Boston -- on Friday interviewed Aresh Alaei and Kamiar Alaei, two Iranian physicians and brothers who advised Iran's Ministry of Health in establishing the country's HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment program, which includes a national network of health centers offering HIV testing, no-charge condoms and a needle-exchange program (Werman, "The World," PRI, 9/22). According to Aresh Alaei, the first HIV diagnosis in Iran occurred in 1986 with a case of hemophilia, and the country did not launch pilot projects to address other modes of HIV transmission until 1997. Iran now operates 75 government-supported "triangular" clinics -- which integrate prevention, care and social support and which provide services anonymously -- in many cities as well as in 45 prisons, Alaei said. The programs encourage safer sexual practices among all clients regardless of their choice of sexual partner, and men who have sex with men -- who might not come to the clinics because of stigma -- also can find HIV prevention information online, according to Alaei. The physicians also discussed the country's use of hotlines, peer educators and an HIV/AIDS awareness handbook in high schools ("The World," PRI, 9/22). The complete segment is available online in Windows Media.
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