Jul 5, 2014, 2:46 PM
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Gov’t to severdrug addiction-AIDS link

Tehran, July 5, IRNA - Drug addiction is one of the factors leading to the spread of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), reiterated the health minister.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting between the Health Ministry and Drug Control Headquarters, Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi added that a number of decisions have been taken to help prevent AIDS from spreading in the country.



He said the strategies are to be devised in the next two weeks.



“Misdemeanors in the society and negligence of parents have caused the number of substance abusers to rise,” he said.



“Some decisions taken by the government and Majlis prepare the ground for some misdemeanors to occur.”



Hashemi put the number of registered HIV-positive cases in Iran at 27,000, adding that the figure is usually multiplied by four because many AIDS patients conceal their disease from others.



The minister said the number of AIDS patients increased in Iran during the recent years, noting prevalence of high risk behaviors in the society is the main reason for the problem



Referring to the risk of HIV transmission among drug addicts in rehabilitation centers, Hashemi said new strategies should be adopted to solve the problem.



Drug abuse and addiction have been inextricably linked with HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the global epidemic. The link has to do with heightened risk—both for contracting and transmitting HIV and of worsening its consequences.



No vaccine yet exists to protect a person from getting HIV and there is no cure. However, HIV can be prevented and its transmission curtailed.



Drug abuse treatment fosters both of these goals. HIV medications also help prevent HIV transmission and the progression of HIV to AIDS, Iran Daily wrote on Saturday.



Most people know that intravenous drug use and needle-sharing can transmit HIV; less known is the role that drug abuse in general plays. A person under the influence of certain drugs is more likely to engage in risky behaviors.



The International AIDS Conference is taking place in Melbourne, Australia, under the theme of “Stepping up the Pace”, on 20-25 July 2014. The conference is a premier gathering of the global community working for and engaging in the HIV response.



In 2013, the World Health Organization reported that almost 70 million people have been infected with HIV and about 35 million people have died of AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic in the early 1980s.



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Drug addiction is one of the factors leading to the spread of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), reiterated the health minister.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting between the Health Ministry and Drug Control Headquarters, Seyyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi added that a number of decisions have been taken to help prevent AIDS from spreading in the country.

He said the strategies are to be devised in the next two weeks.

“Misdemeanors in the society and negligence of parents have caused the number of substance abusers to rise,” he said.

“Some decisions taken by the government and Majlis prepare the ground for some misdemeanors to occur.”

Hashemi put the number of registered HIV-positive cases in Iran at 27,000, adding that the figure is usually multiplied by four because many AIDS patients conceal their disease from others.

The minister said the number of AIDS patients increased in Iran during the recent years, noting prevalence of high risk behaviors in the society is the main reason for the problem

Referring to the risk of HIV transmission among drug addicts in rehabilitation centers, Hashemi said new strategies should be adopted to solve the problem.

Drug abuse and addiction have been inextricably linked with HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the global epidemic. The link has to do with heightened risk—both for contracting and transmitting HIV and of worsening its consequences.

No vaccine yet exists to protect a person from getting HIV and there is no cure. However, HIV can be prevented and its transmission curtailed.

Drug abuse treatment fosters both of these goals. HIV medications also help prevent HIV transmission and the progression of HIV to AIDS.

Most people know that intravenous drug use and needle-sharing can transmit HIV; less known is the role that drug abuse in general plays. A person under the influence of certain drugs is more likely to engage in risky behaviors.

The International AIDS Conference is taking place in Melbourne, Australia, under the theme of “Stepping up the Pace”, on 20-25 July 2014. The conference is a premier gathering of the global community working for and engaging in the HIV response.

In 2013, the World Health Organization reported that almost 70 million people have been infected with HIV and about 35 million people have died of AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic in the early 1980s.