Email 512: Working Abroad and Treatment

Posted by Pozziepinoy on 8:52 AM
Hi Pozzie,

I just wanna ask some questions that keeps on playing in my mind regarding those countries that has no restrictions for PLHIV planning to work there. First of all, when a PLHIV started their ARV treatments here in the Philippines & opportunity comes along for them to work abroad, is it still possible to continue their medications here while working abroad? And if possible,  what are the requirements that might be needed in order for them to continue getting treatments & other laboratory tests from RITM Hub? Another thing is it will be very hard for them to go back in the country every three months to get a refill or is it okay to get an authorized person such as family members or  friends to get a refill for them & send it abroad?, and for CD4 test & VL test, of course it is the PLHIV responsibilities to go back to the country and undergo with those tests. What are some recommendations and solutions that can be considered with this matter?

Thanks Pozzie & more power to your blog.



Thank you for your email.

Let me answer your question in the order that you asked them.

1. One can still continue his medications here in the Philippines even if the PHIV is working abroad. There are no required documents for that.

2. You need to talk to your hub doctor about family members or friends getting your ARV refill. In RITM-ARG, they allow a family member to get his or her ARV's on their behalf as long as there is an authorization letter. You can also ask your HIV doctor if there is a possibility to give you 6 months (or possibly more) supply of your ARV if you are staying longer in the foreign country.

3. You need to arrange with your HIV doctor here on when or how you can get the CD4 and VL tests as they are required by the hubs.

I hope I was able to answer your concerns. Feel free to email me again if you have other questions.

Stay healthy,

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