HIV and travel
As with any chronic disease, HIV does not prevent you from traveling! Instead, they allow you to change ideas, enrich you in contact with other people and other cultures. But before takeoff, one must carefully prepare your holiday with your doctor and avoid some areas and risk situations. One imperative continuity of care!
Want to explore other countries, to evolve in other places, your disease will usually not allowed to realize these desires. But before leaving, some precautions should be taken to make your holiday successful. Preparing for the trip
Unfortunately there are still countries that restrict their entry to HIV, such as Kazakhstan. This information is available on the Health tab of country profiles on the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the embassy of the country concerned;
Pay attention to travel to high risk of infection: highly exposed to malaria (Africa, Asia and rural) areas, expeditions in the bush or “adventure” extreme hiking, unhealthy areas, etc..
In general, choose the destinations with a minimum of comfort. Make sure they have adequate medical resources in case of big evolutionary problem. Know that there are, in addition to French and foreign destinations, resorts accommodating infected children, opportunities for rest home, etc.. (Check with your association);
And most importantly, learn from your doctor! On malaria, other infectious risks, treatments, your risk … it is best placed to help you.
With your doctor
Do not wait until the last moment for these advance medical visits. Only enough time will allow you to organize everything properly;
Your doctor should do a review of your health. Depending on the conditions for your trip (destination, duration, accommodation, programs), it will determine your ability to leave. It will prepare a detailed medical report, if possible in English if you are going abroad: a brief clinical history, treatment, latest reports, any allergies or intolerances;
For treatment as tedious, prior writing prescriptions is paramount. Your doctor must provide a sufficient quantity of medicines and care equipment (syringes, tubing), especially since some treatments are not available in all countries or regions (eg those issued by hospital pharmacies). In practice, double the amount required is recommended. You will take care to pack the equipment in two separate bags, possibly insulated for extreme conditions of carriage.
Displacements under the sun or in the cold can impair certain drugs. Keep a bag on you;
Ask your doctor if your treatment involves photosensitizing drugs (which can cause a reaction when exposed to sunlight): antibiotics, antidepressants, antivirals, etc.. If this is the case, make sure you take very effective sunscreens (creams high protection, goggles, hat, protective clothing) to avoid skin reaction.