HIV/AIDS in Iran Lecture - UCLA (January 9, 2007)
Iran has a growing HIV/AIDS problem and one of the highest proportions of heroin addicts in the world. HIV/AIDS and drug addiction are difficult diseases to talk about. But they are realities that need to be addressed.
Two brothers, Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei decided to deal with drug addiction and HIV/AIDS in Iran and to fight for a better future. They established the first counseling center for HIV positive patients in Iran and were able to pass a bill through IranR17's congress to tackle the issue. Currently, they have clinics in 67 Iranian cities and 57 prisons.
These brothers have accomplished many things in their fight against addiction and HIV/AIDS and will continue to bring the dialogue to the forefront. It is no surprise that their efforts have been recognized internationally. Recently their counseling center was quoted as one of the "Best Practices" by the World Health Organization in the Middle East and North Africa region. Their clinics and care centers are a model for the Muslim world.
Kamiar Alaei received his MD from Beheshti University and MPH (master of public health) from Tehran University. He is currently a graduate student of International Health at Harvard University. He has lectured on related topics in 23 countries and was selected by Asia Society as one of the 21st century young leaders in Asia.Film Film Screening: Mohammad and the Matchmaker
Mohammad and the Matchmaker profiles Mohammad, a former heroin user who is living with HIV in Iran. His doctors, Arash and Kamiar Alaei, act as his matchmakers, helping him find a relationship with a woman living with HIV.
This program was organized by Bita Amani, Maral Farsi, Parisa Mirzadehgan and Dr. Mohammad Navab.