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The government blames drugs in part for the increase in HIV infections — though not those narcotics that are injected with a needle. Atefeh Azimi, a member of Reviving Values aid group listens to a man who receives free voluntary counseling and HIV testing, in Tehran, Iran.
“Ecstasy drugs, synthetic addictive drugs and amphetamine combinations dramatically and abnormally raise sexual desire,” Gouya said. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) Views on sex are also changing in Iran.
Iranian society often ostracizes HIV-positive people, especially women.
“Most women here are in charge of their families, and unfortunately finding a job for them is very difficult,” said Najimeh Babagol, a psychologist who works with HIV-positive women.
It typically costs the government ,000 a year to treat a patient, Gouya said.
“They even think if they wash their hand where I do they can be infected, but they can’t.” According to government estimates, 66,000 people out of Iran’s 80 million people have HIV, though about 30,000 of them have no idea they have the virus.
Iranian authorities blame that on how little general knowledge many have about the virus.
Such “hidden sex increases the chance of being infected by any disease, including HIV.” Prostitution also has been acknowledged by the government as a problem.
Members of parliament have discussed the issue before, along with other “social problems,” according to Iranian media reports.As a Muslim country, Iranian clerics preach against sex outside of marriage and sex isn’t often discussed among children and parents. Sex outside of marriage is illegal and some have been prosecuted for merely shaking hands with a member of the opposite sex under Iran’s strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah.