Twenty Years of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection in Croatia--an Epidemic That Is Still in an Early Stage

Coll Antropol. 2006 Dec;30 Suppl 2:17-23.


Croatia has a low-level HIV epidemic; 553 persons were diagnosed with HIV infection in the period 1985-2005. The principal mode of transmission was sex between men (40% of cases) and heterosexual contact (40%). Only about 10% of cases were injecting drug users. Testing data also suggest a low prevalence of HIV infection in Croatia, even in vulnerable groups. Behavioral data indicate risky sexual behaviors, with the clear need for interventions. National policy towards HIVIAIDS is operated through the National Committee on HIV/AIDS, a multisectorial advisory body to the Government of Croatia. Croatia applied to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in 2002 which resulted in a 4,9 million USD grant for scaling up prevention interventions. Croatia has a centralized system of treatment and care which is provided at the University Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Zagreb. Highly active antiretroviral treatment is provided free of charge from April 1998.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antiretroviral Therapy, Highly Active
  • Croatia / epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreaks / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • HIV Infections* / drug therapy
  • HIV Infections* / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections* / transmission
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Preventive Health Services / economics*
  • Preventive Health Services / trends
  • Sexual Behavior*