Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 16 / Trend, T. Jafarov, S. Isayev
Over 50,000 people in Iran are unaware of them being infected with AIDS, director of AIDS-related issues of Iran's Healthcare ministry , Abbas Sadaqat said, IRNA reported.
He further said that from 50,000 to 55,000 Iranians are unaware of their infection because they don't have any revealing symptoms.
Sadaqat went on to note that according to the latest statistics, around 26,000 people in Iran are revealed to have AIDS, however unofficially the figure is as high as 70,000-80,000 people.
He underscored that the most common reason to catch AIDS in Iran is through injection.
Sadaqat said that the AIDS infections increased among women and young people, adding that 45 percent of all infected people are within the 25-36 year range.
From June 1986 to June 2013, 5,354 people Iran have died from AIDS, Mehr reported, refering to statistics gathered from country's medical universities.
According to those medical reports, 26,556 people were registered as infected with AIDS, with 89.6 percent of the mentioned amount of people were males, 10.4 percent - females.
68.4 percent of people got infected because of injections, 12.3 percent - due to sexual acts, and 17 more percent due to undisclosed reasons.
Iranian Labour and Social Security Ministry official Hassan Mousavi also said in July that the number of people infected with AIDS through sex reached 33 percent in Iran the past two years.
The Iranian AIDS-fighting Committee has warned of increasing cases of AIDS infection through sexual contact. According to the Committee, the research shows that there are 100,000 AIDS virus carriers, of which only 27,000 have been registered.
Last year, Iran's former health minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi said that around 93,000 AIDS virus carriers were registered in the country.
Information about AIDS is hidden in Iran for mental and religious reasons. People are not informed about virus transmission, so the number of infected in the country has greatly increased.