GENERAL DATA ABOUT THE COUNTRY
Country population: 4,225,316 – Estimate for 2014 by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics
National GDP: 57.760 billion USD
EU membership: EU Member country
Estimated number of PLHIV: No recent estimates have been published. It is planned to create new estimates during 2015 with ECDC tool
Number of registered PLHIV: 1,208 including 2014, according to the Croatian Institute of Public Health (Deaths not excluded)
Key populations at risk identified in national prevention programs:
Number of patients on ARV: 804 in 2014, according to the Reference Centre of HIV/AIDS at the University Hospital of Infectious Diseases in Zagreb
Number of new infections for the latest annual reported period: 92 new infections in 2014
Percentage of affected populations for the latest annual reported period:
The source for the epidemiological data: Croatian Institute of Public Health
National policy/strategy or other recommendations from your government on HIV testing: Yes
Number of VCT centers in the country: 10
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: Yes.
Testing can legally be performed by: Medical staff only
Testing in non-medical settings: Yes
Community based testing: Yes
Community-based checkpoints in the country: Yes
Mobile testing in the country: No
Number of people tested in the last annual period: 5056 tested in 2014
There were 2876 in community setting (double counting not excluded; blood donors and testing in other health setting is not included) according to the Croatian Public Health Institute
Number of targeted testing to key populations (if available): N/A
Regular community testing for other STDs: Sometimes
Reported by: Zoran Dominković
From organisation: Iskorak
Total number of registered HIV infection from the first case registered - 1102
Estimation of total number of people living with HIV: There are various estimates, some published report say 3 times the total diagnosed number (around 3.000). However recently, some experts say lower, e.g. survey among MSM has shown that 50% of HIV positive were not earlier aware of their infection.
Data for 2013:
Anything else to add about new diagnoses?; Was there more or less diagnoses than usual?; Any trends? Were there any new locations or clusters?: Most of the new infections are from MSM. This new trend has means that the proportion of MSM in total HIV cases in Croatia is increasing every year: 2008: 46%; 2009: 48%; 2010: 51%; 2011: 52%; 2012: 54.8% 2013: 56.1%. There is a steady growth every year. The number of total people living with HIV is growing about 10% every year.
Sources for this information: Croatian Public Health Institute: Epidemiology of HIV and AIDS in Croatia. Reports for year 2012 and 2013 (some data is not available in 2013 report).