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臺北市立聯合醫院昆明防治中心

Seeking HIV/Syphilis Medical Advice Guideline for Foreigners in Taiwan

Q: What shall I do if my named blood test result is positive?

A: If you are diagnosed with HIV infection, the staffs at KPCC will further discuss with you about the follow-up medical cares, and provides related medical service information around Taiwan if needed. Within 1 week, the public health manager will contact you and provides you relevant HIV/AIDS information and discuss any living agenda and situations you may have to dealing with in the future. With the helps and supports provided by KPCC and public health manager, you shall have more efficient time and useful tools to be well prepared to conquer the disease.

 

Currently, The Legislative Yuan has passed for the Third Reading on Jan. 20, 2015 the HIV/AIDS laws (the legally official full title being “HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act”), which the Office of the President has officially issued on Feb. 4, 2015. The previous regulations on the deportation of aliens tested with HIV/AIDS were annulled. In another word, you can still continue to stay in Taiwan and your right in attending school, working or receiving medical cares will not be violated solely because of your HIV/AIDS status.

 

Additionally, if you are currently work in Taiwan and your employer mandates AIDS screening; please dial 1955 the 24 hours consulting line for further advices or assistances. If you are subjected to unfair treatment or discrimination at work, the first thing to do is report the situations to the employer. If the execute of the complaint case process has been delayed or if you refused to accept the executed results, you can appeal the case to the local labor authorities. In addition, if there are any related questions for the disease, please call 1922 the consultation hot line from the Department of Disease Control and Care, Ministry of Health and Welfare.

 

Therefore, a subsequent named confirmation test will be strongly recommended, if your anonymous screening result is positive, in order to know your current health situation. If your result is through a named screening test, the public health case manager will contact you for further discussion and assist you to go through this process.

Currently, Taiwan Government does not cover or compensate any of the medical expenses (including the medications) of HIV/AIDS for foreigners who been positive before enter Taiwan or been newly infected here in Taiwan. You will have to pay your own accrued bills and it can be quite costly. The average outpatients' cost is approximately 400 to 650 NTD, average combo bio-markers tests is approximately 3600 to 6800 NTD and the cost of HIV/AIDS medications can be as low as 16000 up to 32000 NTD or above. Therefore the economic factors must be seriously considered or it might be a huge burden in the future. However, there are many other legal ways around for you to choose. You can discuss your situation with your physicians, public health manager or staffs from the related NGOs to find the most suitable and beneficial plan for you.

 

There are many HIV/AIDS related or non-related NGOs, NPOs might be able to provide needed consulting, advices or assists you need. Here is the list for your references:

Organization

Telephone

E-mail

昆明防治中心

02-23703739

Ext:1355

t0390@tpech.gov.tw

Kunming Prevention and Control Center

愛滋感染者權益促進會

02-25561383

praatw@gmail.com

Persons with HIV/AIDS Rights Advocacy Association of Taiwan

台灣露德協會

02-23711406

lourdes@ms42.hinet.net

Taiwan Lourdes Association

台灣愛之希望協會

07-5500225

lovehope0904@gmail.com

Taiwan Love and Hope Association

台灣關愛之家協會

02-27389600

harmonyhome2003

@yahoo.com.tw

Harmony Home Association Taiwan

台灣同志諮詢熱線協會

02-23921970

07-2811823

hotline@hotline.org.tw

Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association

南洋台灣姊妹會

02-29210565

tasat.taipei@gmail.com

TransAsia Sisters Association

台灣國際勞工協會

02-25956858

tiwa@tiwa.org.tw

Taiwan International Workers Association

台灣人權促進會

02-25969525

info@tahr.org.tw

Taiwan Association for Human Rights