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Author Topic: Don't get acute pancreatitis on the Greek islands.  (Read 1138 times)

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Offline aupointillimite

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Don't get acute pancreatitis on the Greek islands.
« on: August 22, 2007, 09:48:56 PM »
This might seem a little... well, like stating the obvious... but I would like to encourage my poz brethren and sistren who travel frequently to look into something before they go on their trips.

Namely, if you're going somewhere a wee bit out of the way, try to make sure they have adequate health care facilities. 

I just had to organize an air ambulance for this guy (my age, too) who got acute pancreatitis whilst on a tiny Greek island and would have more than probably have died due to inadequate facilities where he was.  Your Humble Narrator was quite instrumental in getting an air ambulance from Athens to Santorini.  No French speaking was involved, unfortunately... but there was a lot of cursing (not on my end) about the state of the Greek medical system. 

And are air ambulances cheap?

No.  $10,000 for six hours.  And that's in the same country.

So... yes.  I would encourage everyone here... because we all have special health care nonsense to deal with... to look into what's available healthcare-wise when you travel.  Or hell, ask me.  I'd be more than happy to answer odd questions about this stuff.  But you wouldn't believe the shit that happens to some people when they're on vacation. 

Oh, my Internets are back.  I have missed you guys.

Yes, so... this might seem odd, but a lot of people tend to up and go without thinking about this rather odd subject, and a little bit of knowledge beforehand has helped a lot of people I deal with out enormously.

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Offline JohnOso

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Re: Don't get acute pancreatitis on the Greek islands.
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2007, 02:56:03 AM »
Certainly a bad predicament to get into for sure.


Just curious...i know there was a thread a long time back on travel insurance, but what are the limitations for someone with HIV on getting coverage for something like this?

I can just see a travel insurance company declining to pay a claim, especially for something that may/kinda sorta/might possibly/perhaps may be obliquely related to HIV/HIV meds.

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Re: Don't get acute pancreatitis on the Greek islands.
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2007, 03:08:19 AM »
You are right, John.

I know that in the UK and you are HIV you can get specific travel insurance to cover HIV 'related' illnesses.
Last time I travelled, I was advised to look into the availability of similar insurance from Aus for the exact reason you point out, but I was not 'eligible' at the time as I had a vl near 1,000,000. From memory, to be eligible I needed to have been undetectable for a period of at lest 6 months or something.
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Re: Don't get acute pancreatitis on the Greek islands.
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2007, 06:16:28 AM »
I purchase travel health insurance when I travel. They've never asked me my viral load, they calculate your premium based on your CD4 count. My premium has always been the same as my hiv negative partner's and from what I understand, it wouldn't be different unless my CD4s were under 200.

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