but I realised lately, as a friend of mine got a positive test result, that HIV itself is almost "like diabetes" - very common for the treatment. I have no clue about the practical aspect of the treatment. how many pills you take, how many different kind of pills there are, how long it can take to find the right one for you and the nasty possible side effects. you see, am learning.
and the other thing that shocked me - 106 countries on this world have special procedures and rules for people living with HIV wanting to travel to their country. As a tourist it is less of a problem, but if you want to stay for more than a month - for language studies, as a student, for a traineeship, for work, for a living - you might have to show a test with your HIV status. and people living with HIV, they usually do not get a permit to enter the country.
but to add even more of eyebrow raising news to this - in some countries, if the HIV infected person has already crossed the border, they will get deported.
countries deporting foreigners with HIV are the following:
- North Korea
- South Korea
sometimes, people go to countries for work. slave-like work, even. if they get a positive test result, not only are they denied treatment at times, but they will be deported. there were cases of people dying while waiting in custody for being deported.
there is no focal point/central agency collecting such data, analysing such cases, or just having the latest up-to-date information of countries and their legal system in this regard.
this is a cutting point of migration, human rights and also tourism. wonder how long it takes until this discrimination will be discovered and go up the agenda.
check it out: http://eatg.org/hivtravel