08.12.2009 18:31 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ In the jubilee conference on "Key Issues Concerning
HIV/AIDS", Health Minister Harutyun Kushkyan congratulated and handed
honor awards to the representatives Republican AIDS Prevention Center
on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their activities. Head
the Center Samvel Grogoryan also received award for carrying out
active AIDS prevention work in NKR. The award was handed by Ophelia
Griogoryan, Head of NKR Health Ministry's Anti-Epidemic and Hygienic

Grigoryan introduced his report on HIV situation in Armenia and
measures undertaken in the sphere. According to him, 134 HIV incidences
were this year registered in the country, with 16 patients being
children. The number of the dead comprised 200, including 33 women
and 4 children. HIV rate makes up 0.8% on global level and 0.12% in
Armenia. According to Grigoryan, Armenia has joined all international
programs aimed at combating HIV/AIDS and is taking various measures
towards treating and preventing the disease.

Armenia implements 2 HIV programs providing access to treatment
methods and increasing awareness of the disease and its transmission.

Programs also envisage various events, including "On Equal Footing"
seminars for prison inmates, pregnant women and drug users. Besides,
there is a decision on organizing 28-hour school trainings on healthy
way of life, with 6 hours devoted to HIV/AIDS.

"As shown by recent years' studies, the events do really raise
awareness, producing positive outcomes," Samvel Grigoryan said,
summing up his speech.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress