Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.22 / Trend T. Jafarov /
The number of individuals infected with AIDS through sexual contact increased. Roughly 24,000 HIV-infected were registered; however the number of unregistered AIDS-infected people is more than 70,000, head of the Office of combating AIDS of the Ministry of Health of Iran Abbas Sadaket said, IRNA reported.
He noted that, if previously only seven percent of the population infected with AIDS through sexual contact, then now this figure has reached 10 percent.
According to IRNA some 69 percent of them were infected as a result of intravenous injection of narcotic substances.
According to the report, people aged 25-34 are mainly infected.
The Iranian Committee to Combat AIDS warned about the increasing number of HIV infections through sexual contact. According to the committee, there are 83,000-120,000 HIV-infected. Roughly 24,000 HIV-infected were revealed.
AIDS is one of those diseases, which is kept secret due to a number of mental and religious reasons. In addition, the number of HIV-positive people in the country has increased dramatically due to illiteracy of the population, the expert said.
In addition, experts say, because of illiteracy of the population of the ways of the disease, the number of HIV-positive people in the country has increased dramatically.
According to the Iranian Health Ministry's statistics, the number of individuals infected with AIDS hits 23,125 people in Iran. However, as the ministry expert Hengame Namdari Tabar said at the workshop on the topic "National strategic plan against AIDS" that the number of the AIDS-infected people is more than the statistics in Mashhad on Nov.4, Iranian khabaronline.ir website reported on Friday.
Namdari Tabar said the number of unregistered AIDS-infected people is more than 100,000 people in the country.