6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

How's Iran doing?

Iran's successful health policy has controlled much of communicable diseases and is providing a minimum care service for the majority of the population. But diseases such as HIV/AIDS are a real threat - although current HIV/AIDS prevalence rates are low, the danger of cumulative processes taking hold are very real, and Iran is now gearing up to protect itself on this front.

What are the challenges?



  • Preventing narcotics smuggling and human trafficking for sex across the borders
  • Stronger advocacy and awareness raising especially among the youth; adopting new methods of locating HIV-positive people
  • Establishing a comprehensive data bank on HIV/AIDS Surveillance
  • Modifying cultural and legal approaches that adversely influence the spread of HIV/AIDS
  • Establishing regional cooperation with the aim of preventing drug trafficking
  • And providing high quality Anti Retro-Viral medicines (ARVs) and Rapid Diagnostic Kits at a low price to those who need it.
Targets for MDG6
  1. Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
    • HIV prevalence among population aged 15-24 years
    • Condom use at last high-risk sex
    • Proportion of population aged 15-24 years with comprehensive correct knowledge of HIV/AIDS
    • Ratio of school attendance of orphans to school attendance of non-orphans aged 10-14 years
  2. Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it
    • Proportion of population with advanced HIV infection with access to antiretroviral drugs