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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.3
HIV/AIDS - the Polish Policy
Poland is a low prevalence country. The number of yearly registered new HIV cases exceeds one thousand. Nearly 24 thousand cases have been detected since the beginning of the epidemic in 1985, out of which 3,657 were AIDS cases. It is estimated that at least 30% of the entire HIV+ population is not aware of their serological status. HIV testing in Poland is provided in various settings: at regional sanitary - epidemiological units that operate all around the country, at designated or commercial laboratories, and finally at the network of voluntary testing and counselling centers (VCTS) where one can get tested anonymously, free-of-charge and without any referral. In accordance with accepted international standards, pre and post-test counseling is provided, Every year, VCTS admit around 35thousand clients. In 2018, 405 HIV cases were registered just within this network: 26% among heterosexuals and56% among MSM, 16% among bisexual men. The use of intravenous drugs (IDUs) and mixed risks were the cause of 2% of all HIV infections detected in the VCT system. The ARV treatment covers all with medical criteria including thos at risk of marginalization. The National Programme for Preventing HIV Infections and Combating AIDS adopted by the Council of Ministers is the document that defines the policy of the State in giving response to HIV/AIDS epidemic. The program was elaborated by various stakeholders in a participatory way, including HIV+ people. An important element of the Polish strategy is the cooperation between governmental institutions and civil society organizations.