News ID: 173112
Published: 0322 GMT December 03, 2016

Public awareness of AIDS essential

Public awareness of AIDS essential

Three buses are being deployed across Tehran from December 3 to 20 to provide information to the public about acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), said Tehran Municipality's director general for health affairs.

Samaneh Zamani said the initiative has been undertaken in cooperation with Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University and Iran University of Medical Sciences.

She added that health experts stationed in the buses provide the public with information on ways to prevent HIV and inform them where to conducts AIDS test free of charge. They also hand out training materials.

Official statistics indicate that AIDS is more prevalent in developing and less developed countries, she pointed out.

"The rapid urbanization coupled with a significant growth in population in developing countries have led to a rise in social disorders such as drug addiction, criminal activities and high-risk behaviors in the world."

Zamani said AIDS is not just an individual health problem, rather it is a social and cultural phenomenon which has an impact on the patients and their relatives.

On measures undertaken by Tehran Municipality to lower the number of HIV-infected people, she said, "We are planning to eliminate discrimination and stigma against AIDS patients and solicit the cooperation of non-governmental organizations in this respect."

Zamani said urban managers are doing their best to use urban facilities and the potentials of the people, government and non-governmental organizations as well as scientific and academic centers to prevent the spread of AIDS.

"The objective will be achieved through public awareness and creating grounds for prevention and early diagnosis of the ailment and provide the patients with proper treatment and support," she noted.

The Health Department of Tehran Municipality, she added, plans to conduct training workshops on prevention of high-risk behaviors in the health houses located across the city.

World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and honor people who have lost their lives from the disease.

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