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HIV ENGLISH What to consider when TRAVELING WITH HIV Traveling opens our eyes to other countries and cultures and makes our lives richer. As beautiful as a trip is, it can sometimes be so laborious to plan it. Like most, people with HIV should check their own first-aid kit before going on holiday and carefully look into whether everything is still there. But do you have to pay attention to other things when you want to travel? In principle, as an HIV-positive person, you can travel anywhere, regardless of whether it is for business or for a vacation. But there are a few things to consider: in some countries, there is a general ban on unprotected sex for people with HIV, even if their viral load is below the detection limit thanks to successful therapy. Some countries even completely refuse entry to HIV-positive people or only allow them to stay for a limited period of time. PREPARATION IS THE BE-ALL AND END-ALL It is important for people with HIV to be well informed in advance, especially about transporting and taking their medication. To ease traveling with HIV medication, doctors often issue a certificate stating that the tablets carried are required due to a chronic illness. HIV does not have to be specifically named. If there is a time difference associated with the trip, this can be a bit more complicated, because the time of taking the medication should remain as constant as possible. To be on the safe side, you can work out the time of intake together with your doctor before you start your journey. WHAT IS ALSO IMPORTANT WHEN PLANNING There are also a number of organizational points that HIV-positive people need to clarify when planning their trip. At the beginning of the planning phase of a trip, for example, it is important to talk to the doctor about recommended vaccinations for the respective travel destination and, if necessary, to have them refreshed. It is also advisable to find out whether it makes sense to take out additional foreign health insurance or travel insurance. SHORTLY BEFORE THE START OF THE JOURNEY Before starting the journey, it is important to pack a sufficient number of tablets for the entire duration of the journey as well as a small buffer - in case the stay is extended unplanned. Many people pack their medication in their hand luggage in case the suitcase should be lost, because it is possible that the medicines are not readily available at the travel destination and it is therefore difficult to get supplies on site. TRAVEL CAREFREE There are a few things to consider when traveling for HIV positive people, especially when it comes to HIV medication. If this makes you feel unsafe, it is advisable to talk to your doctor about it. So you can find a solution together and continue to travel carefree in the future. (ts,mb) Further information and personal stories about living with HIV can be found at www.livlife.de Supported by ViiV Healthcare 76 CHECK NRW #2

GEWINNSPIEL GEWINNE MIT CHECK EIN PRODUKTPAKET VON SLEEP.INK Endlich wieder erholsam schlafen? Wer will das nicht? Zusammen mit dem Berliner Start Up sleep.ink verlosen wir 3 Produktpakete, die euch zu einem besseren Schlaf verhelfen. Das Paket beinhaltet ein Schlafspray, eine Schlafmaske und einen Gute Nacht Tee mit Baldrian. Gesamtwert: 50 Euro auf www.sleep.ink GEWINNE! Wir verlosen 3 x 1 Produktpaket. Um an der Verlosung teilzunehmen, sende uns eine Postkarte mit dem Stichwort „Sleep.ink“ an: PINK Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Degnerstraße 9b, 13053 Berlin. Die Zusendung des Gewinns erfolgt auf dem Postweg. Hierzu benötigen wir deinen Namen und deine Postadresse. Diese Daten werden nur zum Zwecke der Versendung verwendet und nicht gespeichert. Eine Teilnahme ist ab 18 Jahren möglich. Mit Zusendung einer Postkarte erkennt der Teilnehmer die hier beschriebenen Bedingungen an. Der Rechtsweg ist im Hinblick auf die Ziehung der Gewinner ausgeschlossen und eine Teilnahme garantiert keinen Gewinn. Einsendeschluss ist der 15. September 2021. # HIVersity Weil wir mehr sind als nur HIV-positiv: LiVLife.de NP-DE-HVU-ADVT-200009-11/2020

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