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Assessing the Prevalence of HIV among Afghan Immigrants in Iran through Rapid HIV Testing in the Field

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Author(s): Hossain Jabbari | Amir Houshang Sharifi | SeyedAhmad SeyedAlinagh | Parastoo Kheirandish | Abbas Sedaghat | Maryam Sargolzaei | Gholamreza Esmaeeli Djavid | Ahmad Khanbabae | Mehrnaz Rasoolinejad | Minoo Mohraz | Willi McFarland

Journal: Acta Medica Iranica
ISSN 0044-6025

Volume: 49;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 478;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Prevalence | HIV | Afghan | Rapid test

ABSTRACT
"nThroughout the world, many migrant and mobile populations are at elevated risk for HIV. Iran has a large immigrant population from neighboring Afghanistan; however, few data exist on the prevalence of HIV in this community. In 2008, we conducted a study to assess the presence of HIV infection among 477 immigrants in a town to the northeast of Tehran using a rapid test in the field. HIV prevalence was 0.2% (95% CI 0.005-1.2) with one person HIV-positive. We recommend periodic HIV sero-surveillance with detailed behavioral measures for this population in the future.
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