Traveling while HIV+

Being diagnosed with HIV+ can lead to restrictions and complications while planning a trip abroad– but don’t let that stop you from traveling! Before traveling with HIV, consult with your health provider to be up to date on vaccines and know acceptable travel prescriptions. Care for your health by practicing standard treatment in the foreign country as you would in the United States. Most importantly, be extremely cautious with food and water intake abroad.

The first step should be a consultation visit to your local doctor. “Talk to your healthcare provider or an expert in travel medicine about health risks in the places you plan to visit. Ideally, this conversation should take place at least 4-6 weeks before your scheduled departure. Your healthcare provider can advise you on preventive medicines you may need, specific measures you need to take to stay healthy, and what to watch out for. He or she may also be able to provide you with the name(s) of health care providers or clinics that treat people with HIV infection in the region you plan to visit.” [HIV/AIDS.]

The second step should be to continue treatment while abroad. That includes examining your insurance policies/coverage for out of the country. “Review your medical insurance to see what coverage it provides when you are away from home. You may purchase supplemental traveler’s insurance to cover the cost of emergency medical evacuation by air and the cost of in-country care, if these costs may are not covered by your regular insurance. Take proof of insurance, such as a photocopy or scan your policy and send the image to an e-mail address you can access both in the United States and abroad. Leave a copy at home and tell your friends or family where it is located.” [HIV/AIDS.] Take the same precautions of your disease as you would in the United States and respectable to others.

The third step should be to stay cautious about food and water intake from the foreign cities you visit. You want to avoid picking up another virus. “Food and water in developing countries may contain germs that could make you sick.” [HIV/AIDS.] Never eat raw fruit or vegetables that you do not peel yourself. Continue to stay away from raw or undercooked meat. Including, the avoidance of the market of street vendors. Drink water that is bottled and purified from the hotel that you vacant. Especially, if it is a timeshare from a company developed in the United States. That includes ice cubes. These rules of consumption will help you stay healthy during your travel.

Know you are not alone and there is help for traveling with HIV. Here you can access information to assist you for before and during your journey. Don’t hesitate to pass the information along to a friend who may need this as well…

“HIV/AIDS.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24 Aug. 2016, www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/livingwithhiv/travel.html.

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Sierra Amador
Sierra Amador
I’m an online personal fitness trainer entrepreneur with #BaeWolvesFitness, independent contractor English tutor at Fresno Community College, and a full-time Cybersecurity undergraduate student at Grantham University. In January of 2018, Rikard Steiner of Woman In Technology, appointed me a moderator for the public group on Facebook. I’ve been helping women since with accessing and having confidence in technology resources. Additionally, I’ve been in the LGBTQ community since I was 18 but joined the Human Rights Campaign as a Lobbyist in 2015.