Testing Country Profile in 2015 - Poland

GENERAL DATA ABOUT THE COUNTRY

Country population: 38 Millions

National GDP: 548 billion US dollars

EU membership: EU Member country

 

EPIDEMIOLOGICAL FACTSHEET

Estimated number of PLHIV: ~50.000, where from 50-70% of PLHIV do not know their status

Number of registered PLHIV: 19120 according to the National Institute of Public Health of Poland

Key populations at risk identified in national prevention programs:

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

Number of patients on ARV: 8342

Number of new infections for the latest annual reported period: 1085 new infections in 2014

Percentage of affected populations for the latest annual reported period:

  • Heterosexual sexual exposure 26%
  • MSM sexual exposure 54%
  • People who inject drugs 8%
  • Mother to child transmission 0
  • Other (not known) 12%
  • Late presenters 49%

The source for the epidemiological data: National AIDS Centre and National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene (NIPH – NIH).

Additional comments about the epidemiological data: From VCT Centres we have full information of way of transition. In National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene (NIPH – NIH) 47% of cases we do not know the way of transition because it is not reported

 

TESTING PROFILE

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

Number of VCT centers in the country: 32

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, but for people older than 18 years.

Testing can legally be performed by: Medical staff and non-medical staff with appropriate training in community settings

Testing in non-medical settings: Yes

Community based testing: Yes

Community-based checkpoints in the country: No

Mobile testing in the country: Yes

Number of people tested in the last annual period: 32197 people tested in 2014

Regular community testing for other STDs: No. STI testing can’t be anonymous.

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Reported by: Magdalena Ankiersztejn-Bartczak

From organisation: Foundation of Social Education