GENERAL DATA ABOUT THE COUNTRY
Country population: 2,022,547
National GDP: 11.32 billion US dollars
EU membership: Not an EU Member country
Estimated number of PLHIV: 900 according to the UNAIDS Spectrum model
Number of registered PLHIV: 239 (until the end of 2014)
Key populations at risk identified in national prevention programs:
Number of patients on ARV: 122
Number of new infections for the latest annual reported period: 42 new infections in 2014
Percentage of affected populations for the latest annual reported period:
The source for the epidemiological data: Annual Report, Institute for Public Health of Macedonia.
National policy/strategy or other recommendations from your government on HIV testing: Yes
Number of VCT centers in the country: 11 VCT centres within Health institutions throughout the country. In addition there is community based testing available within NGO facilities and 2 mobile units for outreach testing for 13 more cities and rural areas on demand.
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: Yes
Number of people tested in the last annual period: 28930 tested in 2014, only 3180 on demand (using Outreach and stationary HIV testing services)
Number of targeted key populations: 1427 tested key populations in 2014 (People who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, sex workers and prisoners).
Regular community testing for other STDs: Rapid testing for hepatitis C is available through Outreach clinics for HIV testing and free tests for Hepatitis C and B, chlamidia and syphilis are available for MSM, SW and PHID witin both Youth Friendly Centres for SRH - I want to know in Skopje..
Additional comments: Only a small amount (11%) of all the HIV testsin 2014 are performed on demand (within Stationary and Outreach HIV testing services) where adequate counseling and refferal is provided. The rest of the tests are performed in private clinics, or other healthcare institutions (by indication, in preparation of surgical interventions, for visa purposes, etc.) without any regulations or protocols for performing HIV test.
Reported by: Elizabeta Bozinoska
From organisation: HERA - Health Education and Research Association
Estimation of total number of people living with HIV: no data available
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?: 2013 has the highest number of newly diagnosed since the beginning of the epidemic in Macedonia. Most of the cases are MSM.
Sources for this information: Internal data base and official data from a Public Health Institute