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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070203/hl_afp/iranmedicinehealth_070203114211

Iran unveils herbal remedy against AIDS
Sat Feb 3, 2007

TEHRAN (AFP) – Health Minister Kamran Baqeri Lankarani has announced
that Iran’s scientists have produced a herbal medicine that boosts the
human’s body immunity system against the HIV/AIDS virus.

“The herbal-based medication, called IMOD, serves to control the AIDS
virus and increases the body’s immunity,” Baqeri Lankarani was quoted
as saying by the official news agency IRNA.

“It is not a medication to kill the virus, it rather can be used
besides other anti-retroviral drugs,” Baqeri Lankarani said on state
radio.

The drug, made after five years of research, has been tested on 200
patients, IRNA said, adding that it is considered the fifth generation
of medications helping control the HIV/AIDS virus.

“This is a substance good for both AIDS patients and those who carry
the virus without showing the symptoms,” the director of the project,
Mohammad Farhadi, told state television.

Farhadi said the medication will now be tested on some 3,000 to 5,000
Iranian patients in the next year to monitor its efficacy.

Health Minister Baqeri Lankarani said that the number of HIV/AIDS
cases in Iran stands at around 14,000 while 1,700 people have died of
the disease.

Last June, Iranian officials warned about the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS
infections in the country due to a surge in intravenous drug usage.

“If no action is taken against the spread of this disease as quickly
as possible, the number of those infected will reach 100,000 by the
end of the next Iranian year (March 2008),” said Iran’s deputy health
minister, Moayed Alavian.

Iran is believed to have at least two million regular drug users —
and possibly as many as 3.5 million. Alavian said addiction is growing
by around eight percent a year.

Intravenous drug use is believed to be the main cause of HIV/AIDS
infection at 62.3 percent, followed by “unknown causes” at 27.9
percent and sexual contact at 7.4 percent.

http://www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-203/0609053138183222.htm

Health minister to unveil breakthrough in AIDS cure
Tehran, IRNA

Minister of Health and Medical Education Kamran Baqeri Lankarani will
unveil a breakthrough achieved by Iranian scientists to cure the
deadly epidemic of AIDS later in the day.

According to Health Ministry officials, Iranian scientists have
invented a formula to control symptoms of AIDS.

“The research studies to find out a formula to cure AIDS was initiated
during the tenure of two former health ministers and have led to
useful results,” a health official said.

Former minister of health and medical education Mohammad Farhadi who
served as executive director of the project for ‘a formula for
reinvigorating the immunity system of the body’ told IRNA that the
project led to the discovery of a formula to control symptoms of AIDS
and some other virus-oriented infections.

“A new theory was sponsored in the past five years to invent a formula
with herbal and chemical materials to help treat patients who are
suffering from weak immunity system.

An extensive team comprised of scientists and researchers were
designated to conduct research studies on the subject.

“The theory was to determine whether or not it is possible to boost
the immunity system of the body. Some 60 projects were initiated to
attain the result,” Dr. Farhadi said.

“At last the scientists found out a formula and then experimental
works were carried out on animals at the laboratory to determine the
effects of the formula.”

Dr. Farhadi said that the Ministry of Health and Medical Education
granted permission for clinical application of the formula on the
patients afterwards.

He said that this is the first time that Iran has invented the formula
and will register it with the respective international forum.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8511140239

Iran Introduces AIDS Cure

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- After 7 long years of arduous work, Iranian
scientists here on Saturday introduced a herbal medicine which cures
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

“The drug named ‘IMOD’ is completely effective and safe with no proved
side effects,” Iran’s Minister of Health, Treatment and Medical
Training Kamran Bagheri Lankarani said during a ceremony at Tehran’s
Imam Khomeini Hospital.

The Iranian AIDS drug strengthens immunity system of the patients
against HIV and provides a more qualitative life for the affected
population.

http://english.farsnews.com/farsnews.php

http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/index.php?feed=Science&article=UPI-1-20060906-07195100-bc-iran-aidsclaim.xml

Iran claims AIDS research breakthrough

TEHRAN, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Iran’s Ministry of Health claimed to have
made a medical breakthrough with a formula to control symptoms of
AIDS.

The state-controlled IRNA news agency quoted an unidentified ministry
employee as saying, “The research studies to find out a formula to
cure AIDS was initiated during the tenure of two former health
ministers and have led to useful results.”

Former Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr. Mohammad Farhadi
said the chemical and herbal treatment appeared effective on other
immune disorders as well.

“The theory was to determine whether or not it is possible to boost
the immunity system of the body. Some 60 projects were initiated to
attain the result,” Farhadi said in the IRNA report.

The announcement came a day before an international meeting to discuss
U.N. sanctions against Iran for refusing to curtail the enrichment of
uranium or allow its monitoring.