When I did interviews last summer at the HIV/AIDS conference in Vienna, I heard a few times about the remarkably brave Iranian Drs. Arash and Kamiar Alaei. In 2008, the two were arrested and jailed (hardly shocking, but shocking nonetheless) for their relentless, passionate and courageous work with HIV/AIDS patients in that country (they were accused of espionage, trying to overthrow the government and so on—the same pathologically demented and hateful accusation that was pinned on the three American hikers).
Evidently, Iran also has one of the highest per capita heroin use in the world. Unchecked, the sharing of needles has been a disaster for slowing down HIV rates (same in Russia).
Here’s a website worth looking at. May those two doctors be somehow still healthy, and soon released, and allowed to do what is right and humane.