Testing Country Profile in 2015 - Greece


Country population: 11 million

National GDP: 286 billion US dollars

EU membership: EU Member country



Estimated number of PLHIV: 20.000 according to Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

Number of registered PLHIV: 14.500

Key populations at risk identified in national prevention programs:

  • Men who have sex with men
  • Intravenous drug users
  • Sex workers
  • Migrants
  • Prisoners
  • Youth

Number of patients on ARV: 6.500

Number of new infections for the latest annual reported period: 802 new infections in 2014

Percentage of affected populations for the latest annual reported period:

  • Heterosexual sexual exposure 17,4%
  • MSM sexual exposure 44,1%
  • People who inject drugs 13,2%
  • Mother to child transmission 0,1%
  • Other (not known) 25,2 % (undetermined)
  • Late presenters N/A

The source for the epidemiological data: Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention



National policy/strategy or other recommendations from your government on HIV testing: Yes

Number of VCT centers in the country: 2 VCT centres

Availability of anonymous/confidential HIV tests: Yes

Availability of pre- or post- testing counseling: Yes

Testing is free for anyone who wishes to get tested: No. Not all HIV testing structures (both public and private) offer the test for free. Free testing is available only in certain regions.

Testing can legally be performed by: Medical staff and other health-care professionals accordingly trained by the CDC. Testing in community settings operates in a “gray zone”.

Testing in non-medical settings: Yes

Community based testing: Yes

Community-based checkpoints in the country: Yes

Mobile testing in the country: Yes

Number of people tested in the last annual period: 8665 people tested in VCT centers in 2014

Number of targeted key populations: approximately 70% of testing refers to the MSM population

Regular community testing for other STDs: Additional tasting is available for HCV and HBV


Reported by: Sophocles Chanos

From organisation: Positive Voice (Ath and Thess Checkpoint)

Brief report regarding new HIV cases in NeLP countries in 2013 - Greece

Estimation of total number of people living with HIV: no data available

Data for 2013

  • Number of people known to be living with HIV: 11.805
  • Number of new HIV infections: 920
    • % Associated with mother to child transmission (MTCT): 0%
    • % Associated with heterosexual exposure: 13,2%
    • % Associated with people who inject drugs (PWID): 28,5%
    • % Associated with gay men and other MSM: 33,4%
    • % Other/not known: 24,7%
    • % Late presenters: -
    • Number of AIDS cases: 93
    • Gender (how many women/men): Male 1001, Female 179
    • Main route of transmission: Sexual transmission (MSM) 
    • Cases of death in AIDS patients: 48 cases (causes: n/a)

Number of people tested in the latest year reported:There's no national data.  In athCheckpoint around 3.500 people were tested.
Anything else to add about new diagnoses?; Was there more or less diagnoses than usual?; Any trends? Were there any new locations or clusters?: For some reason a lot of people were infected and listed as "unknown reason".

Sources for this information:  www.keelpno.gr