HIV treatment to be organized in Azerbaijani regions
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.1 / Trend , M.Aliyev /
HIV patients must be treated, Center for Combating AIDS Director in Azerbaijan Hagigat Gadirova said at an event dedicated to the twenty-first anniversary of World AIDS Day.
According to the directors, U.N. grants will be allocated to the regions to equip laboratories with new equipment. Subsequently the disease will be treated in all corners of the country.
HIV patients only receive treatment at the center in Baku. Diagnosis centers operated in 11 regions.
Thirty percent of HIV patients reside in Baku, and this percent decreases with each passing year, Gadirova said. According to the director, HIV infections aer widely spread in Shirvan, Lankaran, Astara, Lankaran, Siyazyan, Yevlakh and Kurdamir.
"About 1 million have been allocated to Azerbaijan by UNAIDS," Gadirova said.
She added that 410 HIV-infected individuals have been identified in the country in 2009. The average annual infection rate in Azerbaijan over the last three years is 400-450 people.
Azerbaijan has 2,224 HIV-infected individuals, 2,138 of who are Azerbaijani citizens.
The director added that 64.4 percent of all infections occur due to the use of intravenous drugs and 23.5 percent due to heterosexual relationships.
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