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Author Topic: Travel  (Read 1703 times)

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Offline Markmt

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Travel
« on: March 03, 2008, 01:49:52 PM »
Hi all, its been a while since I posted, since life has become busy busy busy (I am not complaining :) ). I need to ask a question. I am planning to visit Moscow in May (work related). My employer is not aware of my status they did not even ask. I am reading that Russia is quite strict on HIV folks, mostly on long stay visitors. I am only staying for 2 weeks. I know in the past I read of restrictions in the USA but people still managed to get through with their meds without much problems and not having to declare their status despite of the restrictions. Any experiences or advise I would greatly appreciate.

Many thanks for any replies.

M
"Live to love and love to live."

Leo Buscaglia

Offline aliveinla

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Re: Travel
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2008, 12:24:31 AM »
You should be 100% fine if you are not on meds.

You should be 99.9% fine if you are on meds, I guess. No personal experience with Russia. Good luck.
4/24/07: Last tested Neg
1/22/08: First tested Poz
1/30/08: CD4 393; 28%; VL: 44k
3/18/08: CD4 218; 26%; VL: 222K
4/24/08: CD4 402; 26%; VL: lab forgot
7/22/08: CD4 405; 25%; VL: 6,780
10/15/08: CD4 340, 26%; VL: N/A
2/4/09: CD4 394, 26%; VL: N/A
Jun 09: CD4 300, 25%; VL: 4000
Oct 09: CD4 324, 23%, VL: 10K
11/22/09: started Atripla
11/20/11: CD4 405; VL: UD

Offline komnaes

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Re: Travel
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2008, 02:20:08 AM »
No M, actually they're no so struct. If you're talking about travel restriction, you only need to prove that you're not HIV+ for a visa more than 3 months, but it's been suggested that it's rarely enforced. For a 2 weeks I don't think you'd have any problems.

Read this for more info
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

Offline anniebc

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Re: Travel
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2008, 03:14:24 AM »
Hi there stranger

It's good to hear from you again and it's great to hear you have been keeping yourself busy.

The only thing I could find on Russia was a policy that was last updated in 2006..things could have changed since then of course...but I think Komnaes is right if you are only going for a couple of weeks I don't think you would have any problems, just make sure you check everything out first...this is the only thing I could find, but I'm not too good at googling things.. ;)

*The United States is one of only approximately 15 countries worldwide that place a travel ban on HIV-positive foreigners, including China, Iraq, Russia, and Saudi Arabia*

I hope you have been keeping well health wise.

Take care

Hugs
Jan :-*
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Never knock on deaths door..ring the bell and run..he really hates that.

Offline Markmt

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Re: Travel
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2008, 03:52:13 AM »
So many thanks Alivenia and komnaes.....and Dearest Jan ,
 
To Jan  :-* :-* :-*  I have been keeping very well thanks my labs where best ever cd 735 VL less 80 a slight rise from UD! but Dr not concerned and neither am I :). We have lots of catching up to do!! hope you are keeping well too my precious.

To Alinvenia and Komnaes, I am on medication so I will be travelling with meds. My main concern is if it would be ok to leave meds in the original containers, wasnt too sure how the customs would react. In the past i read posts where people (example) entered the USA putting meds in differnt containers and so on and did not encounter any problems. I have a feeling that all in all it should be fine and luckily I have the pharmacy working on it so I hope to get some replies from them too - many thanks for your attention,

hugs to all

Mark
"Live to love and love to live."

Leo Buscaglia

Offline komnaes

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Re: Travel
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2008, 05:08:02 AM »

*The United States is one of only approximately 15 countries worldwide that place a travel ban on HIV-positive foreigners, including China, Iraq, Russia, and Saudi Arabia*


Jan dear, China has unbanned.. I can confirm as they have stopped requesting visitors to fill in the declaration on HIV status (among other things like mental illness.. like if one is mental, does one how to sign that declaration?). I found out this morning while traveling to Beijing from Hong Kong.
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

Offline anniebc

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Re: Travel
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2008, 05:36:08 AM »
Hi komnaes

Thank for the correction, I remember now that China was mentioned a little while back here on the forums.

Hugs
Jan :-*
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Never knock on deaths door..ring the bell and run..he really hates that.

Offline aliveinla

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Re: Travel
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2008, 09:05:27 PM »
Jan dear, China has unbanned.. I can confirm as they have stopped requesting visitors to fill in the declaration on HIV status (among other things like mental illness.. like if one is mental, does one how to sign that declaration?). I found out this morning while traveling to Beijing from Hong Kong.

I keep hearing about China "plans" to lift HIV ban but never seen the law officially getting revised. Browsing through some Internet BBS, some people's comments are ignorant and hostile, but on the other hand, being HIV poz is still somewhat equal death sentence in China especially in rural area, so that's understandable. Yeah, China does have some ridiculous laws...
4/24/07: Last tested Neg
1/22/08: First tested Poz
1/30/08: CD4 393; 28%; VL: 44k
3/18/08: CD4 218; 26%; VL: 222K
4/24/08: CD4 402; 26%; VL: lab forgot
7/22/08: CD4 405; 25%; VL: 6,780
10/15/08: CD4 340, 26%; VL: N/A
2/4/09: CD4 394, 26%; VL: N/A
Jun 09: CD4 300, 25%; VL: 4000
Oct 09: CD4 324, 23%, VL: 10K
11/22/09: started Atripla
11/20/11: CD4 405; VL: UD

 


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