Many Cypriots, as well as foreigners, seek help with family planning. Some couples come to Cyprus solely for IVF treatment (In Vitro Fertilisation).
Cyprus has been providing a high level of IVF treatment for over 15 years by expert doctors implementing International protocols and using state of the art equipment.
Treatments available offer value for money in comparison to the UK and other EU countries, and include assisted reproduction technologies which cover;
In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
In Vitro Maturation
Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
Frozen Embryo Replacement
Pre – Implantation Genetic Diagnosis & Screening (PGD)
The Ministry of Health has the primary responsibility & authority over clinics that offer IVF services, which must comply with all quality and safety requirements and standards. Services are also offered to postmenopausal women who may have been refused treatment in other countries.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
There is, of course, the other side of sexual health in Cyprus that is relating to sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) and HIV / AIDS. The prevalence of these in Cyprus is relatively low.
However, there are a large number of abortions known to be taking place in Cyprus, even though the practice is still illegal. It is presumably used as an alternative method of contraception, which might indicate inadequate levels of information to the public concerning family planning and safe sex.
HIV/AIDS in Cyprus
Cyprus put in place an HIV / AIDS Strategic Plan which was to cover the five year period from 2004 to 2008. The purpose of the plan was;
1. to make a situation analysis about HIV/AIDS
2. to describe the response to the epidemic so far and
3. to propose a strategic framework for future action
The HIV / AIDS Strategic Plan was extended to cover the years from 2010 to 2014.
According to the Euro HIV Index 2009 (EHIVI) which is the first of these reports, and released in October 2009, which is a survey of HIV policy and best practice amongst EU member countries, Cyprus was ranked 26th out of 29 which is an abysmal score. The report offers some points as to where Cyprus must improve access to care for people living with HIV and Aids.
The most recent report available from the Ministry of Health’s epidemiological study for the number of people with HIV in Cyprus between 1986 until 2011 was 735, of which 118 had died. The primary mode of transmission is sexual intercourse, with a 50/50 ratio between those reporting a heterosexual and those reporting a homosexual risk of infection.
We strongly urge you to practice safe sex; condoms are available to buy in many places such as kiosks, supermarkets, pharmacies, and from machines in pubs and nightclubs. If you think you may have caught an STD, please go and get tested immediately.
HIV / AIDS testing is offered free of charge in Cyprus at The Gregorios Clinic Foundation in Larnaca. Partner notification is not mandatory. For further information, you can call the AIDS Advisory Center – Tel: 22 305 155.