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Iran's HIV cases top 12,000
  January 3, 2006
TEHRAN -- Some 12,556 people in Iran are infected with the HIV virus, 631 of whom have already developed Aids, according to the health ministry's latest figures reported by the student news agency ISNA on Monday.
Based on the statistics, the age range of 25 to 34 with 3,800 cases accounts for the highest rate of infection and most of the reported cases are men, with 11,875, compared to 681 women.
The report put the number of dead at 1,457.
Intravenous drug use is still the main cause of infection at 62.3 percent, followed by unknown causes with 27.9 percent and sexual contact at 7.4 percent.
The official number of the country's infected was 10,265 in April.
But with testing facilities limited and shunned sufferers often unwilling to come forward, experts estimate that as many as 40,000 people may be HIV positive.
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