BBC News examines HIV/AIDS in Iran

BBC News examines HIV/AIDS in Iran, writing, "In the 2000s, Iran became known as the region's leader in the fight against AIDS. Each year, the government allocates millions of dollars to prevent and manage the disease, and government-sponsored clinics across the country help battle it." The news service continues, "Yet several HIV/AIDS activists and Iranians infected with the virus argue that efforts to control the epidemic have suffered major setbacks in recent years, mostly because of the weakening economy and the widespread stigma of the illness."

"As Iran's economy has faltered and the cost of living has skyrocketed, Iranians living with HIV/AIDS are struggling for survival," the news service writes. UNAIDS and Iran's government estimate 96,000 Iranians have HIV, BBC notes, adding that "only around a quarter of them have been identified." The news service discusses a number of challenges to addressing the disease in the country, including stigma, sanctions targeting Iran's nuclear program, a lack of HIV education, and a lack of political will (12/3).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


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  1. Joe Joe United States says:

    So the US and EU santions on Iran are litterally slowly killing the citizens of Iran. You can read and keep reading more and more articles on the santions are affecting and killing peaceful unarmed people with cancer, hiv.aids,hemophiliacs, etc. So isnt this a crim against humanity under UN law. These people are unarmed. and U know the gov. officals whos family memeber has a severe medical condtion is getting the meds thru connections and black market so its no hearding the gov., in any way.

    Good JOB US AND EU, just listen to what ever Israel says and you will make the world and saffer place???

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