AIDS Prevention Center Receives International Aid

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The government of Canada has granted a computer system to the State Center for AIDS Prevention of the Ministry of Health of Armenia. Assistance was also rendered by the government of Finland–which granted laboratory equipment for HIV diagnosis. The Center’s Director Lev Zohrabian said that a parliamentary delegation from Finland–which is due to arrive next month–has scheduled to visit the State Center for AIDS Prevention.

"We are thankful for the support–because there is a real danger of the spread of AIDS in Armenia especially with the large-scale population migration which very often suffers from lack of knowledge regarding sexual health," said Zohrabian.

The official data of the Center show that there is a tendency toward the growth of AIDS in Armenia–with 66 HIV-infected persons; 13 persons with full blown AIDS. A total of seven people died from AIDS in Armenia.

Zohrabian stressed the need to launch a large-scale anti-AIDS campaign in Armenia–in particular–by means of spreading information bulletins.

Currently small scale projects for the education of the younger generation are being implemented. With the assistance of the United Nations–the Center published booklets dealing with AIDS prevention. These booklets were used in training courses in 20 Yerevan schools. The Center also analyzes the results of sociological studies conducted among schoolchildren of Yerevan to determine the level of their knowledge about AIDS.

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