Everyone should make a plan for what to do in case of an emergency, but it’s especially important for people who are living with HIV. When disaster strikes, it might be difficult for you to access your health care provider or your pharmacy so it’s a good idea to keep a 10-14 day supply of medication on hand. POZ asked you about your emergency plans. Here are your responses.
In general, do you feel you are prepared to handle an emergency situation?
21% – Yes, I’m ready for anything
55% – Sort of, I’m somewhat prepared
24% – No, I’m not at all prepared
Do you keep a 10- to 14-day emergency supply of all your medications on hand?
64% – Yes
36% – No
Do you keep a copy of your medical records in a waterproof and fireproof container?
18% – Yes
82% – No
Have you ever had to deal with an emergency situation?
59% – Yes
41% – No
Do you keep an emergency supply of food and water in your home?
48% – Yes
52% – No
Do you keep a well-stocked and up-to-date first aid kit in your home?
49% – Yes
51% – No
Source: October/November 2015 POZ