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Author Topic: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?  (Read 8145 times)

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Offline metekrop

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Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« on: June 29, 2011, 05:53:46 PM »
I will be travelling to Europe carrying my HIV meds in my pocket to see my family memeber.  That is only for about 10 days consumption.  Is there a problem at the airport check point to have the screeners see these HIV med?  I am seeking here any experience.  What kind of question they will ask you about the meds and what would my answer be to them? Etc.. I am just frightened.
« Last Edit: June 29, 2011, 05:56:04 PM by metekrop »
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Jul/12 CD 640 UD, Ch ?
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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2011, 06:26:59 PM »
I have traveled with my meds before . I would suggest bringing them in the original current prescription bottle . They probably wont ask what they are for and you shouldn't have a problem anyway unless where you are traveling to a country that bans people with HIV from entering .   

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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2011, 06:31:19 PM »
Carry them in original container (with labels) and you should not have any problem. I travel several times a year and always put mine in my carry-on.
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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2011, 06:42:45 PM »
I fly 6+ times a year.  I leave my meds in my carry on -- with just my next dose in my pocket.  While TSA says you should have them in their original bottle -- I always have my weekly pill organizer filled and have never had an issue.  There is nothing to worry about -- just don't put them in your checked luggage.

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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2011, 06:48:59 PM »
you might want to check out these other threads where this topic has been discussed
http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=33116.0
http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=30764.0

don't forget to take a couple extra days worth of meds with you.
You never know when a natural disaster will hold you up a day or two ;)
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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2011, 07:12:12 PM »
I wouldn't put 10 days worth in your pocket -- but I almost always have a day and a half in my pocket and have never been questioned in the US or going to the EU.

Half the people on the plane are on one type or other of prescription drugs.  There is no need to be nervous.  

Just don't grind them into powders and secrete them in various bodily recesses. :)
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9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2011, 07:18:04 PM »
Oriignal bottles, hand luggage, declare them at security, no probs
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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2011, 09:57:30 PM »
i always put mine in my pill case with all the other vitamins/supplements i take. and i bring the original pill containers of my two hiv meds also in my carry on. i do that as mentioned earlier, i just like to have some extra pills with me on vacation.

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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2011, 04:59:35 AM »
Maybe this is the paranoid side of me coming out but I always travel with my meds in at least 2 places if possible, carry on and baggage. At least if ones gets stolen or misplaced you have back up. And always take extra.

Even if you do have loose tablets carried on you and get questioned you can always tell them to look in you baggage for the bottle with label on them. Then there won't be any problems.

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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2011, 07:29:25 AM »
unless where you are traveling to a country that bans people with HIV from entering .   

There are no countrys in europe who does that. You may enter everywhere, being HIV+ and bringing your pills
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17/07/09: CD4 -603 (20,1%) / - 5040 VL
27/10/09: CD4 -627 (21,5%) / - 10.896 VL
25/03/10: CD4 -609 (23,9%) / -11.602 VL
12/09/10: CD4 -555 (........) / - 55.500 VL
21/04/11: CD4 -466 (17%)   / - 50.339 VL
01/10/11: CD4 -375 (19%)   / - 73.058 VL

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Offline metekrop

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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2011, 07:36:07 AM »
Thank you guys. 

All your points will be well taken care of.  Thank you again.
Diag on Dec 8, 2000, CD 440 VL 44K, No Meds
Dec/08 - Feb/09 CD< 50 & VL >500k hosp'z.
St. Atripla - July/09 CD 179, VL 197k
Oct/09 CD 300 VL UD Chol 267
Mar/10 CD 468 UD, Ch 220
Aug/10 CD 460 UD, Ch 195
Dec/10 CD 492 UD, Ch 172
Mar/11 CD 636 UD, Ch 201
Aug/11 CD 530 UD, Ch 98
Jan/12 cd 616 UD, ch 189
Jul/12 CD 640 UD, Ch ?
Dec/12 CD 669 Ud, Ch 125
May/7 CD711 Ud, Ch?
Nov/ 22 663 UD, Ch,
April 17 CD 797, UD

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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2011, 07:56:11 AM »
Maybe this is the paranoid side of me coming out but I always travel with my meds in at least 2 places if possible, carry on and baggage. At least if ones gets stolen or misplaced you have back up. And always take extra.

Even if you do have loose tablets carried on you and get questioned you can always tell them to look in you baggage for the bottle with label on them. Then there won't be any problems.

I one up you on that. Just save an old real pill bottle and carry both staches in real pill bottles.  After all, in your theory, if for some reason you were questioned with "loose pills" during the boarding process, your bag with the bottles is long gone and far away.

Security had better things to be watching out for than prescription medicine!
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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2011, 09:02:17 AM »
I brought my pills in my pill case and the bottle in my carry-on...  I went through security both here and in South America with no problem. I was not even questioned nor did i voluntarily disclose. 


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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2011, 09:09:02 AM »
Maybe this is the paranoid side of me coming out but I always travel with my meds in at least 2 places if possible, carry on and baggage. At least if ones gets stolen or misplaced you have back up. And always take extra.

Even if you do have loose tablets carried on you and get questioned you can always tell them to look in you baggage for the bottle with label on them. Then there won't be any problems.

Do you also do this when traveling in a car, bus, train? I doubt it -- and a plane is no different except you pass through a security check point for 10 seconds.
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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2011, 10:12:42 AM »
don't forget to take a couple extra days worth of meds with you.
You never know when a natural disaster will hold you up a day or two ;)

Metekrop

Just wanted to highlight this point from Leatherman.  And at small airports with fewer flights it doesn't have to be a natural disaster -- a thunderstorm will do. 

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5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%

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Re: Checking at the air port carring HIV meds in your pocket?
« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2011, 10:33:30 AM »
Do you also do this when traveling in a car, bus, train? I doubt it -- and a plane is no different except you pass through a security check point for 10 seconds.

Huh?  It makes sense to carry in two bags, a carry on and a check in.  Plenty of times my check in arrives a day or two later on transatlantic flights.  So, I guess the carry on alone would be enough. But I've had a carry on bag gone missing on a stopover. Probably my own careless forgetfulness, but hey. 
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