I don't even know what to say about this except that I have a feeling the numbers are much much higher. HIV, drugs and prostitution are three major factors that are destroying the youth in Iran and to a large degree keeping them away from politics and the IRI safe. It is no wonder, with the top government officials being involved in the drug and porstitution industry. I watched a documentary about prostitution in Iran not too long ago, it was smuggled out of Iran, and one thing the women in the documentary had in common were they were all raped by either Sepah officers or low life government officials.
HEALTH MINISTER SAYS TENS OF THOUSANDS MIGHT BE HIV-INFECTED. Kamran Baqeri-Lankarani said in Tehran on October 15 that his ministry has identified more than 13,000 Iranians as infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, but that the real figure for infections is likely between 60,000-70,000 "in the worst-case scenario," IRNA reported. He said AIDS is still a disease restricted to specific groups in the country, but "if we do not act against it with care, it could become a generalized disease." He said that even the highest estimate for infections "is not so [high] compared to many neighboring countries." He added that more state money is needed for HIV and flu-related treatments in the country, amid the rising price of some pharmaceutical products. (Vahid Sepehri)