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
7,434 (1989-2018) 672 (2018) 43 (2017) 3,969 (2018) 150,000 (2018) 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 December 31, 2018, 7,434 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 11,000 [8,200 – 14,000] people. 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 2017 was 2,927 people; estimates of TB burden were 3.4 thousand [2.8 thousand – 3.9 thousand] with rate 86 per 100 000 people [72–101]. Among new cases and relapses in 2017, there were 43 people with HIV/TB co-infection.

It is estimated that 4% of the population of Georgia are infected with hepatitis C, which is about 150 thousand patients. The Government of Georgia, with support of CDC and other international partners showed a strong political will to fight against Hepatitis C. In 2015, State Program for Hepatitis C Elimination was launched. 32 centers across the country (including one in the penitential system) offer beneficiaries diagnostics and treatment services provided by the HCV Elimination program. Since the start of the program (April 2015), until June 30, 2018, total of 43,861 patients completed treatment. The cure rate is 98%.[1]

Drug use in Georgia is a public health problem. The estimated number of injecting drug users is 52,500 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.