GENERAL DATA ABOUT THE COUNTRY
Country population: 7,120,666
National GDP: 43,799.3 billion US dollars total, 6,141 US dollars per capita
EU membership: Not an EU Member country
Estimated number of PLHIV: 3000, based on UNAIDS estimate
Number of registered PLHIV: 3128 registered by the end of 2014 in total, while 1956 still living in 2014
Key populations at risk identified in national prevention programs:
Number of patients on ARV: ~1300 at the end of 2014
Number of new infections for the latest annual reported period: 125 new infections in 2014
Percentage of affected populations for the latest annual reported period:
The source for the epidemiological data: National Institute for Public Health of Serbia "Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut"
National policy/strategy or other recommendations from your government on HIV testing: Yes
Number of VCT centers in the country: 26
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, free testing and testing without referral is available in the entire country at the VCT centers. Testing is also available in private clinics, however some of them provide outdated or no counseling.
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: 56,282 people tested in total, and out of those 7242 tested in VCT centers.
Number of targeted testing to key populations (if available): N/A
Regular community testing for other STDs: Several VCT centers in healthcare institutions offer Hepatitis C and B and sifilis. 3150 people were tested for Hep C, 3552 people were tested for Hep B and 782 people were tested for sifilis.
Additional comments on testing: Testing, particularly community based testing has been dramatically reduced since the departure of the Global Fund, including general testing in non-medical settings, community based outreach and educations, community based checkpoints and mobile testing.
There were significantly less people tested in 2014 than in 2013, and correspondingly less newly discovered PLHIV, but more were discovered as late presenters.
Total number of registered HIV infection: 3001
Estimation of total number of people living with HIV: ~3650
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?: In 2013 there was a slight overall increase in number of tested people. This resulted with a slight increase of identified HIV positive people. The statistics and rations are similar to previous years. Most transmissions happened sexually, and mostly among the MSM population. There was also a slight increase among young people (15-29).
Sources for this information:Official information from the institute for public health of Serbia "Dr. Milan Jovanović Batut" and Ministry of Health of Serbia