Patients returning to Mexico (voluntarily or via deportation) are able to receive HIV-related treatment through CAPASITS, which are HIV-specific health centers found in each state in Mexico ("Centro Ambulatorio de Prevención y Atención en SIDA e ITS"). CAPASITS provides care and medicines free of charge if the patient does not have health insurance (social security).
List (with address, email and phone) of all the CAPASITS health centers [Mexican Health Department]
Recommendations for Providers Assisting HIV Patients Returning to Mexico [AETC]
Patients must enroll for care and provide certain documents to be eligible to receive medications. To speed the process, please provide the following for your patients before they leave the country:
- Positive HIV antibody test result (confirmed with Western Blot)
- Patient's CURP number ("Clave Unica de Registro de Población" -- Mexican federal I.D. number.) This number is available online if the patient doesn't know it.
- If available, a 3-month supply of their current HIV medications (or at least 1 month)
- A recent CD4+ T cell count
- A recent viral load test result
- A summary of patient's chart including complete antiretroviral treatment history, including resistance test results