YEREVAN, July 15. / ARKA /. According to Armenian health ministry statistics, the number of HIV-infected people in the country stood at 1,785 people as of July 1, but according to a variety of other estimates their real number is higher standing at about 3,700, said Tuesday Samvel Grigoryan. the director of the National Center for AIDS Prevention.
He said since 1988 when records began, some 382 people have died of AIDS or 21% of all infected.
He said the highest rate of HIV infection is registered in northwestern Shirak and northern Lori regions, and also in the capital city Yerevan and Armavir province.
"The most vulnerable segment of Armenians are labor migrants who travel abroad, mainly to Russia," said Grigoryan.
He noted that according to recent studies, labor migration accounts for about 75% of HIV cases (58% of patients were infected abroad, and another 17 percent were their sexual partners).
Grigoryan also reported that the number of patients with AIDS is 911 now. He said if necessary, all patients receive free antiretroviral treatment. -0-