Georgia

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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?No
Which groups can legally do HIV testing?
  • Any doctor/nurse (not necessarily in a specialist clinic)
Further comments
Free HIV testing
HIV testing free to all who want it?Yes in certain places
Further commentsKey population has access to testing free of charge through GFATM program. People not covered by the GFATM program will have to pay a fee of 5 dollars per HIV test.
Is free HIV testing available?Yes in certain places
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
OtherMobile testing buses
Rapid tests used by community based testing services/initiatives?Finger blood
Anonymity/Confidentiality of HIV testing
Anonymous testing available?Yes
If yes, please give detailsAt NGOs it is anonymous, when confirming at AIDS Center it is not. An ID is needed
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
Key documents
Further comments

The 2008 AIDS law protects people living with HIV. 

The AIDS Law was approved in 2009. It  envisions the rights of HIV person: The right to not to disclose his status without her/his permission; A person has right to receive all needed medical services without any restrictions due to HIV status; HIV positive person should not be released from a job because of his HIV status (if there is not a threat to transmit HIV during working condition);

Violation of confidentiality and discrimination of HIV person is a subject to punishment.

Other key populations
Needle exchange available for people who inject drugs?No
Further comments

Only distribution allowed by Georgian Drug Law. Needle exchange is financed by the Global fund till 2019.

It is not available in prisons.

Opiate substitution therapy available?Yes
Further comments

22 OST sites and 1 buprenorphine.

Are PWID (people who inject drugs) excluded from HIV treatment while actively using drugs?No
Further comments

People living in remote areas are facing barriers (financial and other obstacles) accessing services.

Legal to sell sex?No
Further comments

Buying sexual services criminalized only. (For more information: http://sexualrightsdatabase.org/map/21/Adult%20sex%20work/362/Georgia)

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

undocumented migrants have no free access to services.

Status and access to HIV treatment and care in your country
Access to HIV treatment restricted for certain populations with HIV?Yes
Which groups are restricted?
  • Migrants
  • Where undocumented.

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 migrantsNo
If yes but exceptions, please describe

only available for citizens of Georgia

Legal treatment access: Non-EU migrants with asylum/refugee statusNo
If yes but exceptions, please describe

only available for citizens of Georgia

Legal treatment access: Non-EU migrants who are undocumentedNo
If yes but exceptions, please describe
Further comments

only available for citizens of Georgia

About this data
Last minor revision12 July 2016
Last major revision5 January 2017
Published
Data sourcesAs well as responses from in-country individuals and organisations information and data 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 Georgian Harm Reduction Network (www.hrn.ge)

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