I am curious about this subject because sadly I have a friend who is suffering with complications from advanced syphilis. His heart and liver are failing, and he spends much of his time in and out of the hospital. While this is something no one likes to talk about, it is a fact of life and if and when shit does hit the fan, there will be others out there like him in this situation. How should people dealing with this, or any STD prepare for the worst in order to maintain their health? Is there any way for people with serious illnesses to prepare, or will things be so bad that they will lose their lives due to lack of adequate resources (chiefly medication, modern health care treatments, medical personnel) ?