Is HIV a restriction to international travelling?
Jan 10, 2016
Is having Hiv a restriction to some one who wishes to travel to any country for studies,career development,official assignments and any other functions necessary for capacity building? Is there any hope that HIV cure can ever surface because despite the cry against stigmatization it is still very difficult to tell that one is HIV+ . Is there way one can boost his immune system to stay off drug for some period? Your kind enlightment will be highly appreciated, please. Onuh from Nigeria
Response from Dr. Young
Hello Onuh and thanks for posting from Nigeria.
Thank you for your interest in working in HIV care capacity building. I've been working in this field for some time, and there's a lot of opportunities and needs for people living with HIV to contribute.
While elimination of travel restrictions for people living with HIV has been widely recommended, including the IAPAC Guidelines for improving the HIV care continuum, countries do place barriers to immigration and travel.
I'd suggest looking over the website http://www.hivtravel.org/ for a country-specific review of the situation.
Regarding your later questions, HIV cure is a long way off, but elimination of epidemic illness and death from AIDS, as well as making new HIV infections rare is already a possibility- so long as we all believe and demand this target be achieved. The only reliable way to keep one's immune system healthy (while living healthy with HIV) is to take antiretroviral therapy (ART). It's now strongly recommended by the World Health Organization for all people living with HIV, regardless of CD4 count or clinical status. ART prevents illness, progression to AIDS and new infections.
Hope that's helpful, BY
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