Laughter mixed with tears of joy when Dr. Kamiar Alaei spoke with his brother, Dr. Arash Alaei, by cellphone in Iran late Sunday night, just hours after Arash was released from prison following more than three years of a controversial incarceration.
Arash’s brother Dr. Kamiar Alaei said, “I want to thank everybody around the world who campaigned for the release of my brother and me. They did a wonderful job during the past three years, and without the support of Physicians for Human Rights and the Coalition to Free the Alaeis, it is highly likely we would not be celebrating Arash’s release today.”
Dr. Kamiar Alaei and his brother, Dr. Arash Alaei, have been called pioneers for their community-based approach to HIV and AIDS in Iran. Since opening a hometown clinic in 1999, the men have been raising awareness about HIV, dispelling myths about the virus and treating people who are shunned because of it.
Nobel-prize winning scientists have thrown their support behind an international campaign calling for the release of pioneering Aids doctor, Arash Alaei, imprisoned in Iran.
A Q&A with Dr. Kamiar Alaei about treating HIV/AIDS, the Alaei brothers' imprisonment, and the future.