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Renowned Iranian AIDS Doctor Hopes For Jailed Brother's Release

Dr. Kamiar Alaei said he spent his time in Tehran's Evin prison teaching other inmates about health issues.Dr. Kamiar Alaei said he spent his time in Tehran's Evin prison teaching other inmates about health issues.
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Dr. Kamiar Alaei said he spent his time in Tehran's Evin prison teaching other inmates about health issues.
Dr. Kamiar Alaei said he spent his time in Tehran's Evin prison teaching other inmates about health issues.
Kamiar Alaei, an internationally recognized expert on HIV and AIDS prevention, has expressed hope that Iran will soon release his brother and fellow physician, Arash Alaei, from prison.

The Alaei brothers, who recently received the Global Health Council's Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights, were both jailed by Iran in 2008 after being charged with various crimes, including the attempted overthrow of the Iranian establishment.

Kamiar was sentenced to three years in prison and Arash was given six years. Kamiar was released a few months ago.

The Alaei brothers pioneered harm-reduction programs in Iran and founded the country's first so-called "triangular clinic" in Kermanshah, which provided treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, and drug addiction and also offered addicts methadone, clean needles, and other medical help.

In an interview with RFE/RL, Kamiar Alaei said he spent his time in Tehran's Evin prison teaching other inmates about health issues. He also said he and his brother were innocent of the charges against them.

Arash Alaei (file photo)
"All of our activities -- we've been involved in AIDS prevention for more than a decade -- have been focused on health and hygiene issues," Alaei said. "We've never been involved in politics and we will never be, because health has nothing to do with politics."

Alaei said that under Iranian law, his brother was eligible for release because he had completed half his term and was a "first-time offender."

"We hope he will be released and [can] return to his family, pursue his health work, and serve the society," he said.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

Tags: hiv/aids

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by: TYT from: USA
July 21, 2011 02:30
I have HIV and I am an engineer who works for the largest STD dating and support site STDslove. com. I have to tell you a secret, you can choose not to believe me. But the truth is that this site has more than 1,880,000 members and about 80% members are good looking in my estimation.

Unfortunately, STD rates soar worldwide and most people with STDs don't even know that they have them. The government should grant more money for STD education to lower the rates of STD transmission.

by: Liz from: US
July 23, 2011 22:57
Having HIV/AIDS is not the end of the world. Because of it, I have met so many wonderful people here in Michigan and around the country (even a few abroad) through HarmonyHIV.com. My life has become richer because of it. To all of us who test positive stay strong and don't let anyone put you down. life goes on and we can continue to live a full and happy life.

by: Alexander from: Toronto
July 29, 2011 03:37
The day Iran gets out its dark ages it would be when they over throw the theocratic government once and for all to be replaced with a Socialist- Democratic System which protects the poor and the needy, and protects the human rights and values and dignity of every person under the Universal Human Rights Law.

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