The Ministry of Health confirmed on Sunday, that Iraq is one of the areas of low endemic of AIDS, noting that the rate of infections in the country is low.
The ministry's spokesman, Saif al-Badr, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "AIDS is a disease that exists in all countries of the world, and Iraq was and still is within the areas of low endemism according to the approved epidemiological classifications."
He added that "Iraq recorded an increase in infections in line with the increase in population, but on the other hand, the rates of infection are low compared to the countries of the world," pointing out that "AIDS is transmitted through (sexual contact), blood transfusion, tattoos and cupping through contaminated machines."
"The key part in facing the threat of the disease is health education and awareness for citizens," he said, calling on the media to "support health departments in spreading culture about how these diseases are transmitted to limit their spread".
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