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Such "hidden sex increases the chance of being infected by any disease, including HIV." Prostitution also has been acknowledged by the government as a problem.
Members of parliament have discussed the issue before, along with other "social problems," according to Iranian media reports.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - In a square in a poor eastern Tehran neighborhood known for its drug addicts and dealers, psychologist Atefeh Azimi draws another drop of blood from a worried passer-by's finger.
She works on a nearby bench, where a sign next to her in English and in Farsi urges the public to receive free voluntary counseling and HIV testing.
The number of those infected through sex continues to rise.
"If we look at five or six years ago, the rate of infection through sex was around 16 or 17 percent, to 20 percent at the most. Now it is up to 40 percent or even more in some provinces," Dr.
About 60 percent of divorces across Iran come from those unhappy with sex in their marriages, said Mohammad Mahdi Labibi, a sociology professor at Tehran's Azad University.
"When one of them is not satisfied, they will look for it outside their marriage," in secret, Labibi said.
"Every child should have full knowledge about sexual characteristics so that they can protect themselves and especially learn they have the ability to say no." Gouya agrees that the young should have sex education.
Lately, Tehran has seen a quiet move toward so-called "white marriages," or couples living together before being married even though it remains illegal.
Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's chief of staff, has criticized the practice, warning the "loose generation" that its offspring will "be illegitimate." Widespread access to satellite television, which in theory remains banned by authorities, also offers young Iranians access to images of Western culture, as does the internet.
Today, Iran's government treats some 10,000 people either infected with HIV or those with already developed AIDS, which weakens the immune system and gradually destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers.
It typically costs the government ,000 a year to treat a patient, Gouya said.