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Uncertainty on the number of HIV/AIDS patients: our experience in Iran
  1. R Gheiratmand1,
  2. R Navipour2,
  3. M R Mohebbi3,
  4. A K Mallik4
  1. 1Bureau Nutition and School Health, Deputy of Physical Educational Health Ministry of Education of the IR’Iran, Tehran, Iran
  2. 2Center for Research Develpment Iran Hospital Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iehran, Iran
  3. 3Faculty of Medical Tehran university of Medical Sciences, Tehram, Iran
  4. 4HIV/AIDS Coordination and School Health Unit, Asia and Pacific Regional Burean of Education, UNFSLO Bankok, Thailand
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Mohammed Reza Mohebbi
 Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran;

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The article by Grassly et al shows the impact of errors in the national data on HIV/AIDS estimates.1 We would like to present our experience with the errors in the official records in Iran that may confound the estimation and expert judgment.

The results of our of HIV/AIDS preventive education in the schools in Iran were released in December 2003.2 To do the study, we had to review the only reliable official report in the country—namely, the registry of the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) of Iran.3 Figure 1 depicts the trend of the new cases of HIV/AIDS found in Iran in recent years according …

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