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Author Topic: Stranded in Costa Rica without enough meds  (Read 722 times)

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Offline yogaholic

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Stranded in Costa Rica without enough meds
« on: April 24, 2020, 02:47:13 pm »
Hello Forum Friends,

I hope this post finds you all safe and healthy amidst this corona crisis.

I am a New Yorker who fled 6 weeks ago to Costa Rica to protect my immune system. I have since been quarantined on a farm and am healthy. I currently have four months of my HIV medication Odefsey but I may stay here in country for 6-8 months until the virus calms down back in the US. (There are no confirmed cases in the region where I am here.)

MY QUESTION/PROBLEM: I need to either A.) Buy new meds here in country, or B.) Get my medications brought into the country by a friend. (Mailing medications here is not permitted.)

OPTION 1.: The borders are closed to foreigners so my normal plan of having a friend bring them from the US is not possible. Only Costa Rican nationals are allowed into the country at this time and I don't know any CR nationals coming into the country from the US.

OPTION 2.: Buying new meds here, which is likely cost prohibitive. Or is a foreigner eligible for any free med programs here? (I assume not but doesn't hurt to ask.)

OPTION 3.: Spreading my meds out. Has anyone had luck taking Odefsey every other day instead of daily?

The only other option is to return to NYC when my meds run out which I really don't want to do.

Do you have any suggestions or can you provide any help?

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Re: Stranded in Costa Rica without enough meds
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2020, 02:50:45 pm »

Just the same thoughts as yesterday from myself. https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=73775.msg768168#msg768168

Hope the issue gets resolved soon for you.
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Offline Expat1

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Re: Stranded in Costa Rica without enough meds
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2020, 08:31:15 am »
Sorry you are having problems locating sources.

I have no specific Costa Rica information.  But for what its worth. 

Edurant is probably difficult to source  in most countries.  TAF is also difficult to source in most countries.

So you will probably have to do a substitution back to a generic Atripla (like Teevir) which is easy to get in most countries and usually  very cheap.

The best local sources are the infectious disease doctors affiliated with National Universities and Public or large private hospitals.

Doctors at Universities can usually help you find contacts.

Do not take Odefsey every other day.  It is considered too weak and would likely make you resistant to both nrtis and nnrtis in the future.  I am not a doctor, but that is my opinion.    (I take generic version of this with with TAF/FTC and Edurant.)

If looking at medical schools/universities doesnt work.   Try contacting local gay rights groups.   And local AIDS/HIV activist organizations. 

Offline MitchMiller

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Re: Stranded in Costa Rica without enough meds
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2020, 10:48:36 pm »
Here's a link to some information on HIV treatment in Costa Rica with contact info.  It appears there are places you could go.  As expat1 stated, you may have to temporarily move to a different regimen.


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Re: Stranded in Costa Rica without enough meds
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2020, 05:55:37 am »
I don't know what E.E.U.U. quarantine is like at the moment. So this is a question not a comment.

Is there any reason you can't return to the EEUU before your medications run out?  There's been nothing published that indicates people living with HIV have Increased risk of Covid.

  Of course if you are on immunosuppressive therapy or are over seventy that is a different situation.


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