Slovenia observes World Aids Day noting first HIV patient diagnosed 30 years ago

On 1 December 2015, Slovenia observed World Aids Day with a national conference held at the City Museum of Ljubljana. Mrs Milojka Kolar Celarc, Minister of Health, addressed participants at the conference, which focused on progress made in the 30 years since the first HIV patient was diagnosed in Slovenia.

HIV prevalence remains low in the country with less than 1 case per 100 000 population. However, the number of people living with HIV has been increasing. In the first 11 months of 2015, 42 new HIV cases, 9 new AIDS cases and 5 deaths among AIDS cases were reported. Men who have sex with men are the most affected population group. Late diagnosis remains a challenge, and more efforts are needed to promote testing to secure early diagnosis and, consequently, treatment.

At the conference, pioneers in HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment in Slovenia shared their experiences from clinical medicine to public health to civil society.