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Daro1950
7/6/2019 11:55 EST

We are planning on moving to Portugal in the next few months and I am wondering if anyone here has any information regarding HIV medication.

My understanding is that all such meds must come directly from a hospital, however I can find no information regarding costs or availability. Apparently Portugal handles HIV as a public health issue and is very proactive in providing medical treatment to those in need, however I am not clear how this is handled with an expat or if it may be a disqualification for permanent residency or citizenship.

Any information would be extremely helpful, as well as referral to groups or organizations that may be helpful. We plan on leaving in the Eastern Algarve probably from Tavira to the East.

Obrigado

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dancebert
7/6/2019 17:10 EST

To see if your meds are available, start with the Portuguese names at https://www.drugs.com/international/

Two ways to see if it's available. First is not easy to use. Chrome browser translates:
http://app7.infarmed.pt/infomed/inicio.php

Second is to search pharmacy sites:
https://www.farmaciasportuguesas.pt/catalogo/
https://www.asuafarmaciaonline.pt/ There are more...

"if you need health care and if you are in a situation that endangers Public Health care is free:
All communicable diseases (including those on the list of Mandatory Disease Diseases, for example: tuberculosis, HIV / AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases)
https://www.dgs.pt/mobilidade-de-doentes/cidadaos-estrangeiros/perguntas-e-respostas.aspx


According to the Directorate-General of Health, to access the SNS (national health system):
1 Foreigners legally residing in Portugal can use, like the Portuguese, the official health services and are entitled to medicines.
2 To do this, it is necessary to obtain at the Health Center the "user card" that will be given to those who present the "residence permit" or the "work visa".
3 Payment of the care taken to foreigners (or their families) deducting for Social Security is done as the law indicates for the Portuguese.
4 Foreigners who do not have a "residence or residence permit" or "work visa" have access to health services if they present a document (called an Atestado) from the Parish Council indicating that they have resided in Portugal for more than 90 days.
https://www.dgs.pt/mobilidade-de-doentes/cidadaos-estrangeiros.aspx

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Lucaluca
7/10/2019 14:07 EST

Very helpful did you go through the experience ? Did you do this in advance of moving as I would move with only a months worth of drugs. Can I accomplish this all in time to get my next prescriptions in Portugal. ? Thanks ed

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