Iran Reports 30 Percent Rise in HIV Infection on 2007
October 20, 2008
New figures from the health ministry show that 18,320 Iranians have been infected with HIV -- up 30 percent from 2007. "So far, 1,592 of the infected people have developed AIDS... and 2,800 have died," the ministry said. Of persons with HIV, 93.7 percent are men; 80.8 percent became infected through intravenous drug use; and 11.9 percent of the infections resulted from sexual exposure. Officials estimate Irans population of 71 million includes 2 million drug users.
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