World Aids Day is held on the 1st December and is an opportunity for people internationally to stand up & join together to rethink outdated stereotypes, challenge myths and be positive about HIV.
According to The Terrance Higgins Trust, HIV is becoming one of the fasted-growing serious health conditions in the UK with 6,151 new cases diagnosed in 2014 and over 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK alone. However France, Spain and Italy all have twice as many cases than the UK.
South Africa has more people living with HIV (nearly 6 million) than any other single country in the world however, there are an estimated 34 million people globally suffering with the disease.
More than 35 million people have died from HIV around the world, making it the most destructive disease in history and I think you’ll agree these are staggering facts and shouldn’t be ignored.
Free Spirit wanted to show our support for people living with HIV by helping to raise awareness and re-educate people about any prejudices they may have.
What is HIV?
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. The virus attacks the immune system and weakens your ability to fight infections and disease. There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life.
How do you get HIV?
HIV is found in the body fluids of an infected person, which includes semen, vaginal and anal fluids, blood, and breast milk. It is a fragile virus and does not survive outside the body for long.
Other ways to get HIV could be using a contaminated needle or, syringe or transmission from mother to baby during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding.
Can I travel abroad with HIV?
Yes, but make sure you do your research before you book your trip, some countries have restrictions for longer stays or where work permits are involved.
Very few countries ban tourists completely with HIV, but they may restrict the carrying of HIV medication even when they have no specific restrictions on the individual. You should research any destination in advance just to be sure!
Do I need specialist HIV travel insurance?
Buying a specialist travel insurance to cover your HIV and any other associated medical condition(s) will ensure you are protected in case of a medical emergency. No one likes to think something will happen to them when away, but when you HIV there is more of a likely hood that you’ll need medical care should you become unwell.
Can Free Spirit Travel Insurance cover me?
We cover most medical condition including HIV & AIDS and have no upper age limits. As long as your GP says you are fit to travel, you are not on a waiting list or are awaiting investigations, inpatient hospital treatment or you have knowledge of the need for surgery, inpatient treatment or investigations or you are aware of a medical condition but have not received a diagnosis, we should be able to offer you a quote.
Free Spirit believes travelling should be for everyone and we will try our best to offer the peace of mind cover you need.
Our HIV & Aids cover has all the top cover limits you will be looking for to ensure not just your health is covered, but your personal belongings and holidays costs as well.
If you are thinking of travelling abroad and need the re-assurance your medical condition will be covered, look no further than Free Spirit to set your spirit free!