With proper care and treatment, people with HIV can live healthy, active lives. If a summer vacation or business travel is in your plans, HIV doesn’t have to stop you. With common viruses like the flu and COVID-19 still prevalent, traveling abroad can be risky for any of us. It can be especially tricky, however, for those with HIV. Keep reading for tips on how to be proactive about traveling with HIV.
For some destinations, you may need certain vaccines. Your healthcare provider can review your medical record to ensure the vaccines are safe for you. Your doctor may recommend you pack a supply of medicine like antibiotics to treat travelers’ diarrhea, which can affect people with weakened immune systems. To know what you need, you have to plan. Below are some tips to ensure a safe vacation for you, your loved ones, and those around you.
Before you read on: Know your status! If you are unsure of your HIV status, get tested. No matter the results, there are ways to remain healthy.
Before Your Visit
Being proactive about your health is a great way to stay safe while traveling abroad. This might look like researching your destination and coming up with a plan for medical emergencies. Below are ways you can ensure your safety while in the planning stages of your trip.
Talk To Your Doctor
Discuss your travel plans with your healthcare provider at least four to six weeks before you depart. You should let them know about where you plan to visit and learn about the health risks there. You should also learn about specific measures you need to take to stay healthy.
Learn About Your Destination
Some countries have health policies for visitors. These rules must be followed in order for you to enter their country. Research HIV healthcare providers or clinics in your planned destination.
Review Your Insurance
Research your medical insurance plan and review what travel coverage it provides. Bring a copy of your insurance that is easily accessible while you travel and during your trip. It may be a good idea to purchase travel insurance if your plan does not cover emergency transportation or the cost of care received in other countries.
During Your Visit
Some countries may have special rules for visitors with HIV. After you research your destination, take the appropriate measures specified by your destination of choice. According to the State Department, more than 70 countries consider consensual same-sex relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment. Before you travel internationally, be aware of the laws, policies, and practices in the country or countries you plan to visit. Follow these additional health tips during your trip for the utmost safety abroad.
Practice Safe Eating And Drinking Habits
Food and water in some countries may contain germs that could make you sick. Drink bottled water and eat hot food, tea and coffee only. Wine, beer and other alcoholic beverages are also safe. Avoid eating raw fruits and veggies that