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Lecture Series
● ISG's Past Lecture :
Speaker: Dr. Kamiar Alaie
Date & time: Saturday December 17th, 2005, 3:00-5:00 PM

Dr. Alaei describes the extent to which drug use has ravaged Iran and propelled the country into the world of HIV/AIDS. Their program, which began in their hometown of Kermanshah, grew slowly from a prison population study to a program that treats the high-risk group of injection-drug users, sex workers and HIV positive clients. By use of peer counseling and peer referral, the doctors have succeeded in capturing the clients that were often too illiterate to be able to read government help pamphlets. By indirectly approaching the family through the user-participants, the doctors hope to educate the women of Iran, who will be transmitters of the deadly HIV virus soon. By inviting key religious leaders onto national drug and HIV awareness committees, the brothers have swayed their votes, prompting them to ask for the kinds of treatments that they would ordinarily find abhorrent to their beliefs. Their story is compellingly simple but heroic under the circumstances. more info / kalaei [AT]