Azerbaijan

National policy
National policy/strategy or official recommendations on HIV testing?Yes
Who can administer HIV tests?
Restrictions on who can legally administer HIV tests?Yes
Which groups can legally do HIV testing?
  • Specialist clinic staff (doctor and/nurse) only
  • Any doctor/nurse (not necessarily in a specialist clinic)
  • NGO with clinical supervision
Further commentsDoctors and other medical staff perform the HIV test.
Free HIV testing
HIV testing free to all who want it?Yes in certain places
Further commentsOnly in state institutions-These include national and regional AIDS centers, many state hospitals, maternity homes and primary health care sites.
Is free HIV testing available?Across whole country
Further comments

The coverage is wide because of the number of places that the HIV test can be accessed.

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
OtherWith participation of medical staff from AIDS centres. There are mobile units with outreach workers who also supply other services such as exchange of syringes.
Rapid tests used by community based testing services/initiatives?Finger blood
Anonymity/Confidentiality of HIV testing
Anonymous testing available?Yes
If yes, please give detailsAnonymous testing for HIV only happens at AIDS centres. Some respondents have indicated that having an HIV test is a condition of employment for some occupations. More information about this would be appreciated.
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 commentsAzerbaijan has a law on HIV rights and responsibilities of people living with HIV. At this time we do not have access to the legislation.
Other key populations
Needle exchange available for people who inject drugs?Yes
Further comments
Opiate substitution therapy available?Yes
Further commentsThough available - coverage is very limited.
Are PWID (people who inject drugs) excluded from HIV treatment while actively using drugs?No
Further comments
Legal to sell sex?No
Further comments
Legal to buy sex?Don't know
Further comments

We have conflicting reports from respondents and there is NO information available on the three databases consulted.

Access to HIV Treatment
Free access to HIV treatment?Yes, for some
Further comments

There is only free access for citizens of the country. However, another respondent contradicts this

Status and access to HIV treatment and care in your country
Access to HIV treatment restricted for certain populations with HIV?Don't know
Which groups are restricted?
If more than one of the above populations selected, please give more information
Status
Country statusNon-EU / Non EFTA
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 nationalsN/A
If yes but exceptions, please describe
Legal treatment access: general non-EU migrantsDon't know
If yes but exceptions, please describe
Legal treatment access: Non-EU migrants with asylum/refugee statusDon't know
If yes but exceptions, please describe
Legal treatment access: Non-EU migrants who are undocumentedDon't know
If yes but exceptions, please describe
Further commentsRespondents have provided conflicting data: Some have reported that there are no restrictions on the treatment of HIV and that currrently foreign nationals are also able to receive treatment on the same basis  as citizens of Azerbaijan.Others have reported that access to treatment is restrited to citizens of the country.
About this data
Last minor revision8 July 2016
Last major revision14 December 2016
Published17 November 2016
Data sourcesAs well as responses from in-country individuals and organisations information was taken from the follwing 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 Scientific research Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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