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January 3, 2011

Iran to Educate Women, Young People at High Risk for HIV

Officials in Iran will implement a comprehensive five-year plan starting in 2011 to educate both women and young people at high risk for HIV, the Financial Times (FT) reports. The plan will focus on drug users and their spouses, as well as sex workers. Iranian officials warn than an “AIDS volcano” could erupt in the country. Intravenous drug use is the main cause of HIV transmission in Iran, but rates of sexual transmission of the virus are rising quickly. The country’s health ministry says that only 16.5 percent of Iranian young people ages 15 to 24 are aware of HIV/AIDS.

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