Lithuania

National policy
National policy/strategy or official recommendations on HIV testing?No
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?
  • 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 commentsHIV test for free only for those groups: for pregnant women, prisoners and blood/organ donors and other vulnerable groups
Is free HIV testing available?Yes in certain places
Further commentsfor free only for some groups mentioned above and via NGOs
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
Anonymity/Confidentiality of HIV testing
Anonymous testing available?Yes
If yes, please give details
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?No
Further commentsno info given
Other key populations
Needle exchange available for people who inject drugs?Yes
Further commentsIn the country there are only 9 exchange points/offices.

Availability of needle exchange is also confirmed by information available on https://www.hri.global/global-state-of-harm-reduction

Opiate substitution therapy available?Yes
Further commentsFew available according to one respondent.

Availability 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?Yes
Further commentsBut there is no proper monitoring and support, and many drop out because of lack of proper services
Legal to sell sex?No
Further commentsadministrative penalty.

For more information: http://spl.ids.ac.uk/sexworklaw
Legal to buy sex?No
Further commentsadministrative penalty. For more information: http://sexualrightsdatabase.org/map/21/Adult%20sex%20work/434/Lithuania
Access to HIV Treatment
Free access to HIV treatment?Yes, for all
Further commentsBut there are obstacles in prison due to lack of finances
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 undocumentedYes there is universal access
If yes but exceptions, please describe
Further comments
About this data
Last minor revision11 October 2016
Last major revision11 October 2016
Published19 January 2017
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 Lithuanian Red Cross(www.redcross-visaginas.com), Association of HIV affected women and their families 'Demetra' (www.demetra.it) and PLWHIV association 'Pozityvus gyvenimas' (www.hiv.lt)

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