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Author Topic: HIV and living in Ecuador  (Read 699 times)

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Offline manplus

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HIV and living in Ecuador
« on: July 18, 2013, 07:07:56 AM »
Hi,



I'm interested in retiring to Ecuador.  I'm looking to travel there later this year, but one area that will have a real impact on the possibility of this move is access to medication and healthcare.  I'd be interested in talking with anyone who is living in Ecuador.



Thanks,

MP

Offline Ann

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Re: HIV and living in Ecuador
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2013, 07:21:24 AM »
Hi Manplus, welcome to the forums!

One of our members, Valmont, lives in Ecuador - he moved there from France, if I recall correctly.

He pops in every few days and will most likely to be happy to reply to you (he's a nice guy!), but in the meantime you may learn a thing or two from his posting history. You may want to start at page seven, as posting histories are presented with the most recent posts first.

If you want to read the thread where a post of his that interests you originally appeared, click on the title of the post and it will take you to the thread.

Good luck! Ecuador is a beautiful place. :)

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Offline Grasshopper

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Re: HIV and living in Ecuador
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2013, 07:29:30 AM »
This chap is also from Equador. I enjoy reading his blog  :

http://blogs.poz.com/juan/


Offline Valmont

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Re: HIV and living in Ecuador
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2013, 12:18:58 AM »
Hey Manplus, welcome here; yes Im (still) living in Ecuador, Ann has a very good memory  ;)...

Here, if you have a visa, the National Program will consider you and give you health care for free (medical appointments, medecine, labs...) ; these health cares are basic, sometimes there are problems with the possibility to make VL and CD4 (I have to make them by my onw, sometimes), anyway, Im happy the way my public clinic is working...

The best attention in given in the biggest cities (Quito / Guayaquil), I recommand the Enrique Garces hospital, in the south of Quito, the staff is very friendly and "our" clinic is separated from the rest of the hospital. 

The laws are also very well done in regard to confidenciality.  But as in many place in Third World countries, organization is sometimes a Little deficient (it explains why there are sometimes  shortage of medecines or reagents, but it is managable).  The medecine are generics comparable to the molecules you can find in UE or USA...

In regard to tourism matter, you wont have problems to travel here and bring your meds.  If you want some more specific information, dont hesitate to write a PM to me...

I think Ecuador is a nice place for retiring, the coast is great...  Where do you plan to go? 

Apr 2011: Diagnotized
Jun 2011: CD4: 504  VL: 176.000
Dic 2011: CD4: 714  VL: 95.000
May 2012: CD4: 395 VL: 67.000
Jun 2012: CD4: 367
Agu 2012: Starting Emtricitabine 200 mg / Tenofovir 300 mg and Efavirenz 600 mg (2 pills) different brands or VIRADAY/ATRIPLA/Mylan....
Sep 2012: VL: 138
Dic 2012: CD4: 708 VL: <34  %CD4: 32%
Jan 2013: CD4: 707 VL: <20
May 2013: CD4: 945 VL: <34 %CD4: 33%
Agu 2013: CD4: 636 VL: <34 %CD4: 50%
Dic 2013: Latent TB, started Isoniazid

Offline Valmont

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Re: HIV and living in Ecuador
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2013, 12:28:09 AM »
This chap is also from Equador. I enjoy reading his blog  :

http://blogs.poz.com/juan/

Excellent link, thank you...
Apr 2011: Diagnotized
Jun 2011: CD4: 504  VL: 176.000
Dic 2011: CD4: 714  VL: 95.000
May 2012: CD4: 395 VL: 67.000
Jun 2012: CD4: 367
Agu 2012: Starting Emtricitabine 200 mg / Tenofovir 300 mg and Efavirenz 600 mg (2 pills) different brands or VIRADAY/ATRIPLA/Mylan....
Sep 2012: VL: 138
Dic 2012: CD4: 708 VL: <34  %CD4: 32%
Jan 2013: CD4: 707 VL: <20
May 2013: CD4: 945 VL: <34 %CD4: 33%
Agu 2013: CD4: 636 VL: <34 %CD4: 50%
Dic 2013: Latent TB, started Isoniazid

 


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