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Medical Restrictions & Which Countries They Serve
This list is a list of conditions that can lead to a Peace Corps medical restriction. By clicking on the link, you'll be taken to a page that lists the countries people with that condition have gone to in the past. Please note that this was compiled through a survey, so this list is in no way complete and is entirely subject to change due to (a) evaluations made case by case, and (b) the ever changing availability of care in different countries.
To add to this list, go to edit the page, and there will be a big list of condition names enclosed with "|" and "[[" and "]" Find the first "Add" and replace the word "Add" with your condition. Save. The new updated page should now list your condition, only in a red link. Click your condition in the red link. It'll take you to a brand new blank edit page. From there, you can use the same format the other condition pages use to write which country accepted it, and which didn't
Incomplete List of Conditions That May Lead to a Deferral Period
If an applicant is currently dealing with any of the following conditions, his/her invitation to the Peace Corps will be deferred. The length of the deferral period varies according to each individual case.
|Abnormal Pap Smear requiring current treatment||Alcoholism, Substance Addiction minimum of 3 years for alcoholism or minimum of 5 years for substance abuse||Allergies requiring desensitization injections||Anemia (cause must be identified)|
|Cancer –no deferral for most skin cancers and carcinoma-in-situ||Cataracts requiring surgery||Celiac Sprue||Coronary artery bypass surgery or angioplasty – 6 months symptom free, no medications, normal stress test|
|Cystic Acne-Accutane treatment – 2 months after completion of therapy||Endometriosis||Gastritis, Esophagitis, Peptic, or Duodenal Ulcer – minimum of 6 months well controlled, non-smoker||Glaucoma – 3 months well controlled medications|
|Herniated Disc||Herpes Keratitis (eye) – 2 years inactive||High Blood Pressure – 3 months well controlled under treatment; weight within medically recommended range||Inguinal Hernia|
|Internal Hemorrhoids||Joint Replacement (hip, knee, shoulder) or Arthroscopy – 1 year||Kidney or Bladder Infections||Ligament Reconstruction (knee, ankle, shoulder) or Arthroscopy – 1 year|
|Mental Health Conditions (except stable, treated conditions)||Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) – 12 months symptom free, not on medication, normal stress test||Orthodontic Braces (excluding bite-plate)||Ovarian Cyst|
|Uterine Fibroids - symptomatic||Seizure Disorder – minimum of 1 year seizure free||Stroke – 2 years symptom free, not on medication|
|Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - symptomatic minimum of 1 year without symptoms may defer for minimum of 2 years||Sexual Assault or Abuse standard may differ for men and women, up to two years deferral from incident or last date of therapy||
Incomplete List of Conditions Typically Unable to Reasonably Accommodate
After individually assessing each applicant, Peace Corps is typically unable to reasonably accommodate applicants with the following conditions.