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Iran Government To Fight HIV/AIDS

Social stigma associated with HIV/AIDS in Iran is undermining efforts to raise public awareness about the disease in the country, Deputy Health Minister Moayed Alavian said on Saturday at a conference at Tehran University to mark World AIDS Day, Reuters reports. More than 16,000 HIV/AIDS cases officially have been recorded in Iran, Alavian said, but he added that some estimates put the number at 70,000. According to Alavian, 66.7% of people living with HIV/AIDS in the country are injection drug users.