European HIV-hepatitis testing week

Test. Treat. Prevent.” 

The European week of promoting HIV and Hepatitis B and C testing is held from 20 to 27 November: Izola General Hospital will join the efforts. The campaign aims at unifying the Europeans in raising awareness of the population and health care staff of the benefits of testing and early treatment of these infections.

In Slovenia, compared to other European countries, relatively few people get tested for HIV infection and hepatitis B and C infection. This is also the reason why so many infections are detected late, which is an obstacle to successful treatment.

Answer the following questions and check whether there is likelihood that you are infected with HIV and/or hepatitis B/C!

  • Have you or your partner ever had risky sexual intercourses?
  • Have you ever had a sexually transmitted infection?
  • Are you a man and have you ever had sex with men (now or in the past)?
  • Have you ever had sexual intercourses with a person who offers sexual services against payment?
  • Have you ever injected drugs?
  • Have you ever snorted drugs?
  • Did you at any time prior to 1993 receive blood or blood products?
  • Have you ever been exposed to non-professional body piercing or piercing of mucous, tattooing, acupuncture?
  • Do you work in health care and are you exposed to blood or blood preparations at work?
  • Have you ever been accidentally pricked with a discarded needle?
  • Do you live in the same household with someone infected with HIV virus and/or hepatitisa B and/or C?
  • Do you have a close family member/member of a person infected with HIV and/or hepatitis B and/or C virus?
  • Are you infected with hepatitis B/C virus or HIV virus?
  • Do you have kidney disease and undergo haemodialysis?
  • Do you have haemophilia?
  • Have you had any organ transplanted?
  • Have you ever been in a prison?
  • Have you ever participated in military operations abroad?

SHOULD ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS BE ANSWERED IN THE POSITIVE, THERE IS A LIKELIHOOD THAT YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO HIV AND/OR HEPATITIS B/C INFECTION. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN REGARDING POTENTIAL TESTING.

You can also choose to take:

ANONYMOUS AND FREE TESTING available EVERY MONDAY from 12 pm to 2 pm at:

Clinic for Infectious Diseases and Febrile Illnesses

University Medical Centre Ljubljana

Japljeva 2, 1525 Ljubljana

Tel.: 01 522 26 22

From 23 to 27 November 2015 testing is available at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases and Febrile Illnesses; UMC Ljubljana, from 3 pm to 5 pm. You need neither a referral nor a health insurance card. The process is simple and short, we will only take a small blood sample. 

More information on these infections can also be found on the website www.stop-aids.si.