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  • Travel

    HIV needn't stop you travelling, but you do need to be prepared. Read this section to find what you need to know....

    From: Living with HIV

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  • International travel

    Going to a foreign country can be a highly enjoyable and exciting experience, but if things go wrong, a trip can become daunting. Having HIV needn’t stop you travelling,...

    From: Living with HIV

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  • HIV and travel

    This factsheet provides an introduction to some of the issues you may want to think about if you are living with HIV and are planning...

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  • GP services

    GPs provide services that focus on maintaining people’s overall, long-term health. This is an important consideration for people with HIV. HIV-positive people are at higher risk of...

    From: Booklets

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  • Travel

    Information on travel restrictions, travelling with medication, vaccinations, travel insurance and obtaining health care abroad....

    From: Social & legal issues for people with HIV

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  • Passengers with HIV sue China's Spring Airlines

    Two passengers with HIV are suing a budget Chinese airline for refusing to let them board a plane. Local media reports say the two men and a friend - who does not have HIV - were prevented from boarding a Spring Airlines plane at Shenyang airport.

    18 August 2014 | BBC News
  • UNAIDS welcomes Australia’s commitment to equal treatment of people living with HIV in its immigration policies

    UNAIDS welcomes confirmation from the Government of Australia that people living with HIV do not face an automatic exclusion, or unequal treatment when applying for entry, stay or residence visas. People living with HIV are treated similarly to other people with chronic health conditions and disabilities during the country’s immigration health assessment process. Applications for visas from people living with HIV will be assessed against criteria applying to anyone with a chronic health condition.

    11 July 2014 | UNAIDS press release
  • More young Australian women contract HIV on overseas trips, say counsellors

    Increasing numbers of young Australian women travelling overseas during their gap year or for working holidays are contracting HIV, frontline sexual health workers say, prompting them to call for targeted awareness campaigns. The chief executive of the HIV support organisation Living Positive Victoria, Brent Allan, has been working in HIV and AIDS advocacy since the early 1990s and said he is encountering more women who have contracted the virus overseas.

    26 June 2014 | The Guardian
  • Disclosing Your HIV Status Abroad: A Dilemma for People Living With HIV

    As someone who travels constantly and consistently, I am now cautious as to where I am going at times and always spend a few extra moments to research my "what ifs." What if I get sick? What if I need more meds? What if I need emergency care? Sometimes what I find isn't the ideal answer, but I plan accordingly.

    23 May 2014 | The Body
  • Government of Mauritius pledges to working towards removing HIV-related restrictions on stay and residence

    During a meeting with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé in Port Louis on 18 April, Prime Minister of Mauritius Navin Ramgoolam pledged to setting up a special committee to review and make recommendations towards lifting the remaining travel restrictions in the country.

    22 April 2014 | UNAIDS (press release)
  • Taiwan: Restrictions on foreign HIV patients canceled

    The Executive Yuan passed an amendment to the HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act yesterday, canceling the entry, visit, and residence restrictions of HIV patients who are not Taiwanese citizens.

    11 April 2014 | China Post
  • Ugandan clinics selling bogus HIV certificates

    Private clinics in Uganda's capital, Kampala, are selling fake HIV negative certificates to help people get jobs, an undercover investigation by BBC Africa's Catherine Byaruhanga has revealed.

    08 April 2014 | BBC Health
  • Tajikistan lifts travel restrictions for people living with HIV

    UNAIDS welcomes the recent lifting of all restrictions on entry, stay and residence for people living with HIV in Tajikistan. The amendments to the Law on HIV/AIDS were signed by the President of Tajikistan Emomalii Rahmon, on 14 March 2014.

    31 March 2014 | UNAIDS (press release)
  • HIV Positive Immigrants Should Be Banned From Entering UK, Tory MPs Say

    A group of Tory MPs are backing a proposed ban on HIV positive immigrants to Britain, in a move that has been labelled "the most draconian policy enforced on people with the virus" by campaigners. Conservative MP Dr Phillip Lee has tabled an amendment to the Immigration Bill.

    30 January 2014 | Huffington Post
  • South Korea: Is HIV testing of foreign teachers here to stay?

    It is an experience familiar to many foreign English teachers: Soon after arrival in Korea, their blood is taken and screened, with the results submitted to the immigration authorities. The reason? A government policy requires that non-ethnic Korean foreigners wishing to teach children must first prove they’re HIV-free. But, amid a pending U.N. committee ruling on whether the policy constitutes racial discrimination, an unclear picture of the current status and future of testing has emerged across government and educational bodies.

    26 November 2013 | Korea Herald
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