Testing Country Profile in 2015 - Slovenia

GENERAL DATA ABOUT THE COUNTRY

Country population: 2,061 085

National GDP: 18.071 US dollars per capita / 37.246 billion US dollars

EU membership: EU Member country

 

EPIDEMIOLOGICAL FACTSHEET

Estimated number of PLHIV: 1000, according to UNAIDS

Number of registered PLHIV 550

Key populations at risk identified in national prevention programs:

  • Men who have sex with men
  • Intravenous drug users
  • Prisoners
  • Youth
  • General population

Number of patients on ARV: 425

Number of new infections for the latest annual reported period: 48 new infections in 2014, which means 23,3/1 million  inhabitants. 44 of newly infected were men, 3 women and 1 transgender person

Percentage of affected populations for the latest annual reported period:

  • Heterosexual sexual exposure 4 persons (2m and 2 w) 8,3%
  • MSM sexual exposure 32 persons 66,7%
  • People who inject drugs 2 persons 4,2%
  • Mother to child transmission 0 0%
  • Other (not known) 9 persons 18,5%
  • 1 case in transgender person 2,1%
  • Late presenters 28 persons 58% / less than 350 cells/m3
  • Number of AIDS cases: 16
  • Main route of transmission: Sexual transmission (MSM)
  • Cases of death in AIDS patients: 3

The source for the epidemiological data: HIV annual report 2014 - NIPH

 

TESTING PROFILE

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

Number of VCT centers in the country: 6

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 only in certain regions.

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, there is one CBVCT in Ljubljana

Mobile testing in the country: Yes

Number of people tested in the last annual period: 35000 tested in 2014

Number of targeted testing to key populations (if available): 47% of MSM in 2013

Regular community testing for other STDs: Yes

On average Slovenia has 1.7 tests per 100 inhabitants, which is a very low testing rate

Additional information:

  • Out of 48 there were 28 late diagnoses.
  • Number of people tested in the latest year reported:1.7 /1000 in 2014.
  • Anything else to add about new diagnoses?; Was there more or less diagnoses than usual?; Any trends? Were there any new locations or clusters?:
  • 4 caases more in comparison to the reported incidence in 2013. In 2014, MSM represented 66,7% of newly diagnosed cases in comparison to 63% in 2013.  1 case in transgender person.(9% other/undetermined transmission category). During the period from 2004 to 2013, 5 cases of HIV among PWID were reported, one in 2012, two in 2013 and 2 in 2014.    During the period from 2004 to 2014, three cases of mother-to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV infection were reported, the last one in 2011. In 2013 as well as in 2014, a substantial proportion of HIV diagnoses were late (58% and 58% respectively), with CD4 cell counts below 350 per mm3.

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Reported by: Miran Šolinc

From organisation: Društvo ŠKUC - Magnus

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

Estimation of total number of people living with HIV: 800-1.000

Data for 2013

  • Number of people known to be living with HIV: 500
  • Number of new HIV infections: 42
    • % Associated with mother to child transmission (MTCT): 0%
    • % Associated with heterosexual exposure: 21%
    • % Associated with people who inject drugs (PWID): 4%
    • % Associated with gay men and other MSM: 63%
    • % Other/not known: 16%
    • % Late presenters: 58%
    • Number of AIDS cases: 8
    • Gender: Male 33 (25 MSM), Female 5
    • Main route of transmission: Sexual transmission (MSM)
    • Cases of death in AIDS patients: 4

Additional information:

  • Out of 33 there were 22 late diagnoses.
  • Number of people tested in the latest year reported:1.6 /1000 in 2012. No 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?:4% less in comparison to the reported incidence in 2012. In 2013, MSM represented 63% of newly diagnosed cases in comparison to 73% in 2012 (16% other/undetermined transmission category in both years). During the period from 2004 to 2013, three cases of HIV among PWID were reported, one in 2012 and two in 2013.    During the period from 2004 to 2013, three cases of mother-to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV infection were reported, the last one in 2011. In 2012 as well as in 2013, a substantial proportion of HIV diagnoses were late (64% and 58% respectively), with CD4 cell counts below 350 per mm3.

Sources for this information:  Country progress report 2013