Feb 29, 2012
Hi, I was diagnosed since Feb 2011 here in the Philippines. Is there a possibility I can look for work abroad such as Australia, Canada or US? I see this as a dilemma due to much discrimination against people with HIV. Does the embassy automatically denies the applicant after having found out they were HIV positive. I am on medication with AZT/3TC and efavirenz. The major problem is, my urine becomes positive with the drug test. I have no choice but to disclose to the drug-test administrator my condition. Any suggestions would be of big help. Drug test is a requirement for our employment here in the Philippines.
| Response from Dr. Henry
HIV+ status is no longer the impediment to immigration or travel to the US as before. That being said, immigration to US can be a challenge and frustrating for most (with or without HIV+ infection. In US, physicians often will write a letter to employees describing how a patient is on a prescription drug that can cause false positive drug tests and that is usually effective. KH
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.