General questions and fears:
I know that legally they can’t demand blood tests. However, one of my concerns is disclosure regarding insurance. I am guessing a lot of international schools will expect you to get insured through their programme and there will be the inevitable HIV questions on the insurance forms.
Do I lie?
Can I refuse their insurance and if I do will this raise questions?
I have not disclosed to my GP my HIV status, but am getting excellent treatment anonymously at a UK clink. If I inform my GP then it would be beneficial to me, as then my GP could work together with the clinic, I would then get medication that would otherwise be excluded to me, like the flu jab etc and when (if) I have started HIV medical treatment before I leave for Thailand, then my GP could prescribe medication that could deal with the side effects from the HIV medication and which would not interact with the HIV medication. (I hope that has made sense?)
However I am led to believe insurance companies can ask for my medical record. So I am in two minds whether to disclose to my GP or not.
Will disclosing affect me getting a job in an international school in BKK, ie with a schools snooping insurance programmes?
Do international schools demand that you are insured? and or through their insurance programme?
Would you disclose to your GP? What would you do? (I'm curious)
(I am feeling strong and healthy, there seems to be no reason to disclose to my GP, at least not yet)
Any general advice pls regarding possible work issues regarding International schools in BKK?
(I am currently researching the medication available in TH etc and its looking positive, my concern is snooping insurance procedures etc and being messed around by International schools and their forms or whatever, professionalism, possible work problems etc, like I said I am new to this and know very little so any information would be greatly appreciated)
may I also add a big thank you to 'Killing me softy' who has posted some outstanding threads on here regarding the med's and help available in Thailand.
(Apologies for the this post being a little muddled with more than likely huge grammatical and spelling mistakes, please don’t be a grammar Nazi troll and waste my time, I have noticed there can be the odd clown on ajarn (most are cool) I have a lot on my plate and little time to post elegant well thought out perfect posts)
Last edited by Stamp; 6th November 2012 at 21:51.
May we ask how you contracted HIV?
^yes you can, but could I first ask you why this would make a difference or why this would matter keekwai my friend?
I wouldn't fancy the prospect of needle sharing drug users in schools. If it was sexually acquired ... different story.
^ what you 'find the prospect of', isn't answering my questions and isn't a concern to me, sorry and having to explain myself on here is slightly humiliating...do you mind if I don't answer you, ignore you and your off topic glib post, and wait for some informed people to respond ~sorry mate
for lower level schools, afaik, you just need a thai doctor to have a look at you, take a blood pressure test and sign a piece of paper (needed for w.p., if i recall correctly).
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At my school we get free health insurance but one teacher was able to opt out as he was already on his wife's (better) health insurance. I think he had to show evidence of this insurance though... Schools want you to be on some kind of insurance.
It's not off topic. It also raises the question of whether HIV+ people should be restricted as to the kind of work they do. Should they be barred from jobs with high public contact ... especially with kids?
I guess your reluctance to answer my question puts a rather shady cowl over the situation.
I'm pretty tolerant ... but I'm putting myself in the place of the Thai admins. You're going to have to lie ... and lie through your teeth.
Not a pretty situation.
guess you could inquire when applying for the job.
though, that might put your application at the bottom of the pile, as it were.
^lol Jonny Danger
Well I hope they (BKK international primary schools) have the same recruitment procedure as UK schools, if they did I wouldn't need to disclose and medical information.
Anyone please have any experience with the recruitment procedure of BKK international schools in regards to my concerns?