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Risk of Bangladesh to HIV/AIDS December 1, 2008

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, HEALTH.
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I usually walk through a market on my way to my part-time job in the evening. On the way, I see some girls (sex workers) waiting there, not officially permitted, for their clients with their agents overlooking from the shadow.

This simple picture exposes the weakness of our society. Our society is not well regulated. Rules are more in books than in practice.The law enforcers encourage the wrongdoers for their own benefit.

Bangladesh is vulnerable to HIV/AIDS for its poor regulation, poverty, lack of adequate health support, illiteracy, lack of health education, lack of awareness about HIV/AIDS etc.

One of the important causes to me is the presence of large number of migrant workers in the middle east and other countries. Though this temporary immigration increases our remittances, at the same time it increases the risk of HIV/AIDS in our society. Garment workers are also at risk because of their age, ignorance and isolation from the family. Easy travel to & from India & other neighboring countries (where there is high prevalence of AIDS) for leisure, business and health also makes the country vulnerable.

The last official figure of HIV/AIDS infected is 1495, number of AIDS patient is 476 and died of AIDS is 165.The unofficial figure in some multiple of this.

So far Bangladesh is in better statistics than its neighbors because of
cultural attitudes and religious restrictions. But with the inflow of modern trends,the cultural practice is gradually changing in the young and affluents of the society.

Bangladesh will need special steps to aware the public covering the lower economic class, impose laws and regulations irrespective of class, practice its own culture &religion,practice safe sex, meticulous screening of the blood donors & blood products, rehabilitate the drug addicts & sex workers, identify the HIV infected patients and ensure access to necessary treatment for these patients etc.

The ordinary citizen also thinks that HIV status in the visa should be a must for travel in between countries.

An ordinary citizen


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4. a.eye - December 1, 2008

I was just listening to a story about China and how migrant workers there are helping to increase the spread of the disease. Education really needs to be spread to the masses to help prevent this disease.

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There are some simple steps all HIV-positive tourists can take regardless of their destinations to minimize chances of undue customs delays or outright deportation:

* Look healthy. Travelers who appear to be ill are likely to be targeted for indepth questioning or inspections.

* Be discreet and polite.Don’t draw any undue attention to yourself that could cause customs officials to pull you aside.

* Don’t advertise the fact that you’re HIV-positive. It pains me to have to give that kind of advice, but you might not want to wear a PLWHA t-shirt.

* Keep your anti-HIV medications in their original bottles, and do not attempt to hide the containers. If you’re hiding them customs officials may think they contain contraband and may hold you to verify that they are permitted into the country.Opening packages or taking pills out of their prescription bottles will delay your time in security(more info).

*Pack extra medicine and supplies when traveling in case you are away from home longer than you expect or there are travel delays.

*If you are taking injectable medications (e.g., Fuzeon, insulin, testosterone) you must have the medication along with you in order to carry empty syringes(more info).

*Depending on the circumstances it may be worthwhile taking along a doctor’s certificate (in English) which shows that the holder is reliant on the medication and that it has been prescribed by the doctor.Carry a copy of your prescriptions in your carry-on, purse, or wallet when you travel.

*You can ask and are entitled to a private screening to maintain your confidentiality. Show copies of your prescriptions and/or your medication bottles and if you have any problems ask to see a supervisor.

In general, the above points apply to entering countries with ambiguous or restrictive regulations: as long as HIV positive status does not become known, there will be no serious problems for a tourist. However, if someone is suspected of being HIV positive, or if the authorities have concrete reasons to believe they are, entry may be refused. Since october 2008 non-immigrant US visas are granted to HIV-positive people who meet certain requirements, instead of waiting for a special waiver from DHS(more info).

My philosophy on the whole issue is that it’s not an issue, so I don’t present it as one.And I’ve never had any problems over the years of extensive travel.


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