I will be moving to Guadalajara Mexico in early 2017 and will purchase the public insurance Seguro Popular. My understanding is that they cover most or all HIV related health care. I understand availability of drugs can become a problem - can you advise or find a contact for me to find out 1) is this accurate that sometimes the HIV medications are not available and 2) are there options to purchase the drugs outside of Seguro Popular in Mexico if they are not available through this public option? Thanks!
Hello and thanks for posting.
HIV care is of quite good quality in Mexico. Indeed, HIV medications there (unlike our United States) is actually guaranteed by the constitution.
I previously answered a very similar question- one answered by my Mexican colleague Dr. Jair Garcia from Monterrey. Here are his comments:
"I want to share you that Mexico's social security (called "Seguro Popular") can cover the antiretrovirals of everybody in the county. It is because in Mexico antiretroviral therapy for free and considered a human right. Seguro Popular include AIDS and HIV infection in their treatments as "Catastrophical Costs". In this field are also included some types of cancer and other diseases.
If you are a resident in Mexico and can you prove it, you can receive the benefits of social security (Seguro Popular). This also is available for the migrant people from other countries. (1) But if your stay in Mexico will be just temporary (months), you just have to talk about this with the physicians at Meridas CAPASITS (this is the name of HIV clinics in Mexico). I work in the CAPASITS of Monterrey, and when we receive patients from other cities or countries, we have stablished a special program for them. Also, I want to say unfortunately that Atripla will not be available for you, but you can receive the three drugs (Efavirenz, Tenofovir, Emtricitabina) separately.
In this web page you can see info about the Mexican Social Security ("Seguro Popular")
I hope you can continue your ARV and enjoy your travel to my dear country!"