Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of

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
Free HIV testing
HIV testing free to all who want it?Yes in certain places
Further comments
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
OtherNGO offices
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

uniform code system is applied

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

There are conflicting reports.Our respondents confirms a program while does not.

Opiate substitution therapy available?Yes
Further comments
Are PWID (people who inject drugs) excluded from HIV treatment while actively using drugs?No
Further comments
Legal to sell sex?Don't know
Further comments
Legal to buy sex?No
Further comments

Prostitution is considered a violation against the public order (Article 19 from the Law on public order violation) and penalized as an administrative offence, while other activities such as procuring sexual services, encouraging sex work, and earning by facilitating the provision of sexual services are treated as criminal offences (Art. 191 from the Criminal Law).

- Potentially, clients might be punished under the Law on public order violation for having sex in a public place but in practice police targets only sex workers. (SWAN, Macedonia Country info)

- In addition, the Law on Civil Offences imposes civil sanctions against whoever

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

Health insurance needed.

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 migrantsYes but there are exceptions
If yes but exceptions, please describe

Health insurance needed

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

Any person with health insurance.

About this data
Last minor revision
Last major revision5 January 2017
Published5 January 2017
Data sources

As well as responses from in-country individuals and organisations information and data was taken from the following sources:
Sex Work Laws
These included
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects and country sources and and
Drug use
Needle exchange information was taken from Harm Reduction International who have an interactive tool
Criminal Law has useful info about the criminal law and is searchable by country as well as
MSM (2016)

Data contacts

Responses were received from University clinic for infectious diseases and febrile conditions.

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