Iran has seen a surge in the number of HIV infections, especially among its youth. What's more, authorities say many have no idea that they are infected, ABC News reported Wednesday.
That has led to growing uncomfortable questions in Iran. According to government estimates, 66,000 people out of Iran's 80 million people have HIV, though about 30,000 of them have no idea they have the virus.
Iranian authorities blame that on how little general knowledge many have about the virus.
By comparison, in the United States, government statistics suggest 1.1 million people live with HIV, with one in seven not knowing it.
More than 50 percent of those with HIV in Iran are between 21 and 35, said Parvin Afsar Kazerouni, the head of the Health Ministry's AIDS department.
That's despite that age group representing about 28 percent of Iran's population as a whole.