Georgia

Officially registered HIV cases New HIV cases Officially registered HIV/TB cases Officially AIDS cases Estimated Hepatitis C cases Officially registered cases of sexually transmitted diseases
5 328 (December 2015) 719 (2016)  No Data 2,983 (2014) No Data No Data

Although Georgia currently belongs to the countries with a low HIV prevalence, experts say that if the immediate action would not be taken, the spread of HIV/AIDS is expected to occur in Georgia in the nearest future. As of August 10th, 2017, 6,507 HIV/AIDS cases were officially registered. The reported number of HIV/AIDS cases does not reflect the actual spread of the infection in Georgia. Estimated number of people living with HIV/AIDS is about 9,600 [7,700 – 12,000] people. The response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Georgia is regulated by the Development Strategy and 5 Year Action Plan of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health for 2013-2017. Procurement of ART is carried out from the public budget funds and funds of the Global Fund: first-generation drugs are funded by the state, while the rest is financed by the GF.

Georgia is one of the 18 high-priority countries to fight against tuberculosis (TB) in the WHO European Region. The number of TB cases as of 2015 was 4 thousand people (3.2 thousand – 4.8 thousand)[1] with rate 99 per 100 000 people (80-120). Among new cases and relapses in 2015, there were 79 people with HIV/TB co-infection.

It is estimated that more than 3% of the population of Georgia are infected with hepatitis C, which is about 150 thousand patients. The Government of Georgia is implementing the program for free treatment of hepatitis C. For this purpose, in 2015, an agreement was signed with the American company Gilead Sciences, according to which Gilead provides the country with the medicines for the hepatitis C treatment. The state can annually finance the treatment of 20,000 people. 30,000 patients have already completed treatment of hepatitis C under the state program.

Drug use in Georgia is a public health problem. The estimated number of injecting drug users is 49,700 people. The country had very strict laws that criminalize the use of drugs. A new bill, which is pending consideration in the Parliament, will fundamentally change the drug policy of Georgia. The authorship of amendments belongs to the Georgian National Drug Policy Platform. The main amendments will be included in the Criminal Code of Georgia. It is expected that the punishment for all drugs related crimes will be mitigated.