UNDP Bulgaria, 2008. 36 p.
Varleva, Tonka
UNDP Bulgaria
Bulgaria is still a country with low HIV prevalence in the general population. However, the country faces a great challenge related to the possibility of rapid development of concentrated epidemics in separate group identified as most-at-risk (mainly among injecting drug users, men who have sex with men and sex workers). There are already epidemiological and behavioural indications. The risk is also related to the possible increase of HIV cases among other social groups, where the main mode of transmission is the heterosexual one, and where a generalized epidemic can develop. Therefore, now is the time to implement effective national policies aimed at preventing such epidemics in the country. This report was not prepared with the purpose to provide analysis or evaluation of the national HIV/AIDS policies in Bulgaria. The report is rather designed as an easyreading narrative, which presents the overall picture of what has been set in place and in action in the period 2001-2007. The report describes the road that Bulgaria has chosen to fight HIV/AIDS and points out key achievements. The partnerships highlighted herein are one of the most valuable achievements. This report is neither intended to provide guidance on future developments in the field of HIV/AIDS. This will be the primary task of the new National Strategy for Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS and STIs (2008- 2015). The purpose of the report is to further the political and civil commitment in this important endeavour.
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