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Difficulties in integration of STD and HIV/AIDS services in Azerbaijan.
Alekperov R; Ibrahimova JA; UNDP, Azerbaijan.
December 30, 1998
Int Conf AIDS. 1998;12:1014 (abstract no. 60074). Unique Identifier :

ISSUE: Current STD management policy requires mandatory registrations of patients. For this reason the majority of the patients apply for private, paid and therefore not widely affordable services, which do not offer HIV/AIDS counselling and testing. PROJECT: Conditions of STD services were reviewed. The existing system inherited from the former Soviet Union and based on free services, comprehensive examination and mandatory registration was found to be no longer operational, due to the changes in socio-political environment and severe financial management constrains. At the same time there has been an increase in private service provision, rooted in growing unwillingness of people to identify themselves and to suffer from the sanctions often associated with the service. Due to the high cost of the quality care, the scale of unqualified services and poor reliability of diagnosis and treatment have increased. In majority of the cases counselling on condom use. HIV/AIDS and testing is not provided to the vulnerable groups seeking for STD services. LESSONS LEARNED: Change in existing STD management policy to confidential notification and corresponding change in follow-up protocols is recommended.

MEETING ABSTRACTS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/ TRANSMISSION Azerbaijan *Disease Notification Health Education Health Policy Health Services Accessibility Human HIV Infections/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/TRANSMISSION *Patient Care Team Prejudice Sexually Transmitted Diseases/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/TRANSMISSION

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