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my cousin
Jul 23, 2007

He lives in Vietnam and recently being diagnosed with AIDS.They don't have treatment available there. He asked me if I can buy medications and ship them over there. Can it be done?

Response from Dr. Wohl

Sure but it is risky. First, you would have to know what meds to get and then obtain these. Then, monitoring for side effects and effectiveness would be helpful to keep him safe. Further, if you have trouble getting meds to him, he will have breaks in his therapy that can lead to resistance to the medications.

That is not to say it is not possible but it would be important for there to be a medical professional in Vietnam who can supervise his care.

Is it really so that there is no HIV treatment in Vietnam? Perhaps outside of major cities? This website suggest there is treatment available:


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