1708 HIV-infected people in Azerbaijan

1708 HIV-infected people in Azerbaijan
# 23 October 2008 14:35 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Ilhama Isabalayeva –APA. 329 new HIV-infection cases were identified in Azerbaijan this year, AIDS Prevention Center of Azerbaijan Health Ministry told APA. 321 (97.6%) of them are citizens of Azerbaijan and 8 (2.4%) – foreigners. 256 (79.8%) of registered 321 Azerbaijani citizens are the men and 65 (20.2%) – the women. A number of Azerbaijani citizens passing to AIDS phase reached 21 in that period and 35 died from AIDS.
This year 191 (59.5%) HIV-infected Azerbaijani citizens caught the virus via injection narcotic use, 67 (20.9%) –heterosexual relations, two inborn infected babies, one (0.3%) –homosexual relation.
46 of 321 Azerbaijani citizens were infected outside the country.
AIDS Prevention Center of Azerbaijan Health Ministry registered 1708 HIV-infected people in the country since 1987, when first case was identified, until 2008. 1639 of them (96%) are the Azerbaijani citizens and 69 (4%) – foreigners. 1371 (83.6%) of HIV-infected Azerbaijani citizens are the men and 268 (16.4%) – the women. A number of Azerbaijani citizens passing to AIDS phase reached 315 in that period and 230 died from AIDS.
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