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Author Topic: How to survive in US as a foreign worker?  (Read 647 times)

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Offline Pravawut

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How to survive in US as a foreign worker?
« on: October 21, 2019, 01:59:34 pm »
Hi everyone :)

I'm from Thailand and just tested positive a few months months ago. VL undetectable and CD4 around 800 now. Currently taking DTG + TDF + FTC. The combo works very fast for me and totally no side effects.
I would I like know to take care of my health as PLHIV in US if I am to work there legally with work visa. let me summarize my questions as below

1. I definitely can't afford the high price of the original ART medications in US. Can I have someone like a family member in Thailand to send to me like a year supply of generic medication every year e.g. with DHL? Will the custom open/confiscate/look for trouble with my generic medications because of patent laws etc?

2. Is there any organization that supports immigrant workers with affordable ART?

3. How are the insurance policy like for PLHIV. Do insurance companies check for HIV for health insurance?

Thank you very much for your answers.  :D :D :D

Offline Expat1

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Re: How to survive in US as a foreign worker?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2019, 04:24:50 am »
If you are legally in the United States, you can buy health insurance.   A group policy from an Employer cannot exclude HIV. 
You will also probably be able to get ADAP help from a local Aids Service Organization.  Tell us your state/location and people can recommend from there.

Also Drug Manufacturers have patient assistant programs and copay cards.  You could contact the drug company.   The local Aids Service Organization should be able to help with that as well.

Look at the DTG program here:
https://www.viivconnect.com/patient-assistance-program/


Descovy PAP here:
https://www.descovy.com/hcp/co-pay-financial-support

https://www.gileadadvancingaccess.com/get-started-advancing-access?utm_source=descovy_hcp&utm_medium=referral

Offline Expat1

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Re: How to survive in US as a foreign worker?
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2019, 04:35:32 am »
https://www.goodrx.com
Has many generic HIV meds availiable.  You use their search engine.  ANd it prints out a coupon that you take (or show) to a local pharmacy.      (like Walmart, Cosco or CVS).

Example

LAMIVUDINE, 3TC (la ME vyoo deen, 3TC) is an antiretroviral medicine. It is used with other medicines to treat HIV. This medicine is not a cure for HIV. This medicine can lower, but not fully prevent, the risk of spreading HIV to others. The lowest GoodRx price for the most common version of lamivudine is around $55.03, 85% off the average retail price of $371.30.

TENOFOVIR is an antiretroviral medicine. It is used with other medicines to treat hepatitis B virus and HIV. This medicine is not a cure for hepatitis B or HIV. This medicine can lower, but not fully prevent, the risk of spreading hepatitis B or HIV to others. The lowest GoodRx price for the most common version of tenofovir is around $26.13, 97% off the average retail price of $922.83.

Offline Expat1

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Re: How to survive in US as a foreign worker?
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2019, 04:38:16 am »
Above prices are for a month supply each.   

 


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