Bosnia and Herzegovina

National policy
National policy/strategy or official recommendations on HIV testing?Yes
National policy/strategy document
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
  • NGO with clinical supervision
Further comments


Free HIV testing
HIV testing free to all who want it?Yes for all
Further comments

More information about the way that testing is carried out :

Is free HIV testing available?Across whole country
Further comments
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
OtherBoth finger blood and saliva are used.
Rapid tests used by community based testing services/initiatives?
Anonymity/Confidentiality of HIV testing
Anonymous testing available?Yes
If yes, please give details

From the site above 

Testing: anonymity protection.

 Coding was first introduced in early 2002, then modified in late 2003. The client does not give your personal data, but is recorded under the code-code, and stops in case of a positive finding and inclusion in the further treatment; 


Testing is confidential, which means that the adviser will not share any information with anyone else without the express and informed permission persons who carried out the testing for HIV. 
the results of the HIV tests are kept confidential and are only available to the client / patient and his doctor / counselor;
If not, why not, what sort of information is required and is there any promise of confidentiality?
Discrimination & equality
Legislation protecting the rights of people with HIV?Yes
Key documents
Further comments

Our respondent informs us that 'Only in general under the BiH Law on Prohibition of Discrimination' . This is uploaded below. This is a generic anti-discrimination law enacted on 5th August 2009. It does not specifically mention HIV or indeed any specific discriminatory act or group. The official text in English is uploaded below.

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

Availability of needle exchange is also confirmed by information available on

Opiate substitution therapy available?Yes
Further comments

Availability of OST is also confirmed by information available on

Are PWID (people who inject drugs) excluded from HIV treatment while actively using drugs?Don't know
Further comments
Legal to sell sex?No
Further comments
Legal to buy sex?No
Further comments
Access to HIV Treatment
Free access to HIV treatment?Yes, for all
Further comments

The national Health Insurance Fund covers the cost of treatment.

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
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 comments

No information 

About this data
Last minor revision
Last major revision18 November 2016
Published18 November 2016
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Responses were received from Action Against AIDS 

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