Can I get ART if I move to Poland to work?
Hi there, I’m Positive. I have got a job offer from Poland, that needs me to relocate to Poland.
Before I could make a decision of moving to the county I wanted to understand few things with regards to HIV in Poland
1. How is the condition of PLHIV in Poland ? Are we treated well? Do doctors differentiate between polish citizens and foreigners? Is there any stigma associated?
2. Do we have all the HIV medicines available in Poland ? My current combination is ( Dolutegravir, Tenofovir Alafenamide + Emtricitabine ). Do we have the above combination available in Poland ?
3. Do I need to pay for the medicines or is it free from the Polish Government
4. Are there any HIV Organisations in Poland that help us with our queries like I-base ? Any NGO information would be of great help
5. Can I take one year of medicines with me to Poland?
6. Could you please help me with any portals that tells the cost of HIV medicines in Poland
i-Base is in the UK, so contacting an organisation in Poland is important.
Luckily, a colleague knows the country well and has also answered your questions below.
- No difference between treating Polish citizens and foreigners. Treatment and monitoring is free of charge, but this will need you to be insured. Plenty of non-Polish people are on ART.
- Poland has access to all meds, including the one’s you are taking.
- No one is pays for ART. Non-insured patients are supposed to pay for the examinations, but not for the drugs.
- There is no need to go through any NGO and doctors speak English. However, an organisation that you can contact is: Foundation for Social Education (FES Fundacja Edukacji Społecznej (www.fes.edu.pl/en).
- Taking some meds with you is a good idea. This will give you time to settle and to arrange your treatment. I don’t know if there is a limit to how much you can take. Usually 3-6 months would be okay if you are moving for work. If you take more, it might be useful to also take a letter from your doctor.
- Medicines are free.