Fight against AIDS Should be Intensified in Azerbaijani Prisons and Army
Azerbaijan, Baku, 20 May / corr. Trend I. Alizade/ The chairman of the Parliament Commission on Social Policy of Azerbaijan Hadi Rajabli believes that AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is widely spread in the prisons and army. "The fight against AIDS should be strengthened especially in the prisons and army in order to prevent it," Hadi Rajabli, the chairman of the Committee stated to Trend .
About 90 AIDS cases have been revealed in Azerbaijan in the first quarter of 2008. 89 of them are being Azerbaijanis and only one being a foreigner.
The age of the AIDS sufferers ranges as follows: some 48 people age 30 to 39, 15 people - 25 to 29, 17 people - 40 to 49, 4 people - 19 to 24, one person 14, and two persons - 50 to 59.
Some 88 of them got this infection abroad.
"The drugs are widely spread in the prisons which causes rise in the number of AIDS sufferers. Additions and changes will be made to the Bill on Fight against AIDS in order to intensify the fight against AIDS and drug abuse in the prisons and army," the chairman of the committee said.
According to Rajabli, AIDS is especially wide spread among the homosexuals and the people engaged in 'the the oldest profession in the world'. "The measures to fight AIDS among them should be intensified as well," he said.
According to Rajabli, the changes and additions are expected to be made in the autumn session of the parliament.
A Bill to Fight against AIDS was passed in 1996.
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