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AIDS Research and Treatment
Volume 2011, Article ID 612475, 2 pages
Research Article

Frequency of HIV Infection among Sailors in South of Iran by Rapid HIV Test

1Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA), Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research, Tehran, Iran
3Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran

Received 18 January 2011; Accepted 16 February 2011

Academic Editor: Guido Poli

Copyright © 2011 Hossain Jabbari et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Information on the prevalence and risk factors for HIV infection among sailors is scarce. The aim of this seroprevalence study was to evaluate the frequency of HIV infection among sailors in south of Iran using rapid HIV test. The study included 400 consecutive participants in Lengeh, Shahid Rajaie, and Shahid Bahonar ports in south of Iran in May 2010. We observed only one case (0.25%) of HIV infection in this sample of sailors. While prevalence appears low at present, we recommend periodic HIV serosurveillance with detailed behavioral measures for this population in the future.