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

  • Hossain Jabbari Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA), Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Amir Houshang Sharifi Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA), Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • SeyedAhmad SeyedAlinagh Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA), Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Parastoo Kheirandish Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA), Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Abbas Sedaghat Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran.
  • Maryam Sargolzaei Ministry of Health and Medical ducation, Tehran, Iran.
  • Gholamreza Esmaeeli Djavid Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA), Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Ahmad Khanbabae Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA), Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Mehrnaz Rasoolinejad Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA), Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Minoo Mohraz Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA), Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Willi McFarland CAPS and the Institute for Global Health, University of California, San Francisco, USA.
Keywords: Prevalence, HIV, Afghan, Rapid test

Abstract

Throughout 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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How to Cite
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Jabbari H, Sharifi AH, SeyedAlinagh S, Kheirandish P, Sedaghat A, Sargolzaei M, Esmaeeli Djavid G, Khanbabae A, Rasoolinejad M, Mohraz M, McFarland W. Assessing the Prevalence of HIV among Afghan Immigrants in Iran through Rapid HIV Testing in the Field. Acta Med Iran. 49(7):478-479.
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