Austria

National policy
National policy/strategy or official recommendations on HIV testing?No
Who can administer HIV tests?
Restrictions on who can legally administer HIV tests?Yes
Which groups can legally do HIV testing?
  • Any doctor/nurse (not necessarily in a specialist clinic)
  • NGO with clinical supervision
Further comments

All respondents agreed that any doctor/nurse and NGO with clinical supervision  could carry out a test.- a doctor had to be present. One respondent additionally stated that an NGO could perform the test without clinical supervision. As of 12 December 2016 we have not been able to confirm this is possible from more than one source.

Free HIV testing
HIV testing free to all who want it?Yes for all
Further comments
Is free HIV testing available?Yes in certain places
Further comments

Free HIV testing is available at the 7 AIDS-hilfe organisations, however in two provinces no such local organisation exists, so there might be a problem accessing this service for those living in rural areas

HIV testing restrictions
HIV testing access restricted for some groups/populations?No
Which groups are restricted
Further comments
Availability of testing in non-clinical settings
Is testing available in any of the following ways?
Postal HIV sampling legal?No
Home HIV testing legal?No
Community testing at NGOs legal?Yes
Community/outreach event testing legal?Yes
Other
Rapid tests used by community based testing services/initiatives?Finger blood, Saliva
Anonymity/Confidentiality of HIV testing
Anonymous testing available?Yes
If yes, please give detailsYou can get VCT at local AIDS Hilfe. Its free and anonymous. However at a general practioner anonymity is not guaranteed unless asked for. 
If not, why not, what sort of information is required and is there any promise of confidentiality?
Discrimination & equality
Legislation
Legislation protecting the rights of people with HIV?Yes
Further comments

Their is no PLHIV specific legislation. PLHIV are covered under other legislation such as generic patients rights and anti-discrimination laws.

Other key populations
Needle exchange available for people who inject drugs?Yes
Further comments

Availablilty of OST is also confirmed by information available on https://www.hri.global/global-state-of-harm-reduction


Opiate substitution therapy available?Yes
Further comments

Availablilty of OST is also  confirmed by information available on https://www.hri.global/global-state-of-harm-reduction

Are PWID (people who inject drugs) excluded from HIV treatment while actively using drugs?No
Further comments
Legal to sell sex?Yes
Further comments
Legal to buy sex?Yes
Further commentsNeed to be examined by an STD doctor every 6 weeks in order to get working permission. 
Access to HIV Treatment
Free access to HIV treatment?Yes, for some
Further commentsEverybody who has insurance has free access. People without insurance have no access, however doctors and NGOs work together to still provide treatment for those individual cases.
Status and access to HIV treatment and care in your country
Access to HIV treatment restricted for certain populations with HIV?No
Which groups are restricted?
If more than one of the above populations selected, please give more information
Status
Country statusEU
Mobility in Europe
Do the following groups/populations have legal access to HIV treatment? (i.e provided on the same basis as citizens of the country)
Legal treatment access: Other EU migrant nationalsYes there is universal access
If yes but exceptions, please describe
Legal treatment access: general non-EU migrantsYes there is universal access
If yes but exceptions, please describe
Legal treatment access: Non-EU migrants with asylum/refugee statusYes there is universal access
If yes but exceptions, please describe
Legal treatment access: Non-EU migrants who are undocumentedNo
If yes but exceptions, please describe

Conflicting reports from respondents in this country.

Further comments
About this data
Last minor revision12 July 2016
Last major revision14 December 2016
Published13 January 2017
Data sourcesAs well as responses from in-country individuals and organisations information was taken from the following sources:http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopics/aids/Pages/monitoring-dublin-declaration.aspx
Sex Work Laws
These included  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_by_country#Europe
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects www.nswp.org and country sources and http://sexualrightsdatabase.org/map/21/Adult%20sex%20work and http://spl.ids.ac.uk/sexworklaw
Drug use
Needle exchange information was taken from Harm Reduction International who have an interactive tool https://www.hri.global/global-state-of-harm-reduction
Criminal Law
http://criminalisation.gnpplus.net has useful info about the criminal law and is searchable by country as well as http://www.hivjustice.net/site/countries/
MSM
http://ilga.org/what-we-do/state-sponsored-homophobia-report/ (2016)
Data contacts

Responses were received from FH Joanneum (www.fh-joanneum.at), Aidshilfe Obero Sterreich (www.aidshilfe-ooe.at) and Aids Hilfe Wien (www.aids.at)

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