Australians love to travel. Whether the destination is an island paradise, a cultural trip or backpacker adventure, sex in other cities is part of the experience for many travellers.
Travel-associated sexual adventurism has been implicated in the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV and syphilis. Travellers who acquire new sexual partners while travelling tend to engage in higher risk sexual practices.
In many cases, overseas travellers rquire travel vaccinations, providing an opportunity for the GP to develop a pre-travel risk assessment and to discuss safe sexual practices and STI testing options with travellers.
ASHM - The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine is running a training session for GPs and Practice Nurses in Sydney on February 25th. If you are a health professional, you might want to check it out here www.ashm.org.au/training
Thanks to the WA Aids Council for allowing ASHM permission to use their name. Check out their excellent website aimed at schoolies and young adults who are planning to travel
Sex in other Cities website
References and further reading:
Zablotska IB, et al. AIDS Behav. 2014;18:1436-42.
Mercer CH, et al. Sex Transm Infect 2007;83:517-522.
Immune Hero is a cool new website aimed at Australian teenagers. It’s the brainchild of the Victorian Government and, like Dumb Ways to Die, features games, YouTube videos and animated infographics that tell the story of why teenagers need to be vaccinated against DTP, HPV and Chickenpox.
We asked a Year 7 boy to test out the website and games - here’s his review:
“Yeah, I reckon the website is pretty cool. I liked the videos they’re really good and well animated. Easy to understand as well. I learned quite a lot about HPV from the video.
The games are in need of updating. Graphics-wise they’re a bit young for high school kids and not really age-appropriate. But I did find a level of difficulty in Apoxalypse that was challenging even to me - and I’m a bit of a pro-gamer!
I reckon I’d give the videos a thumbs up. Maybe a few pop-ups and a login so you get a “Hi….(your name). And if you want a website to get with kids my age, you need it to be stimulating and engaging.”
Another idea is that maybe teachers could login in and set tasks for kids to keep it fresh.
I give this website a 7.5 out of 10.”
Follow Victorian Health Department
March 2014: Over 100 people have been admitted to hospital with swine flu in Queensland already this year - double the number for the same period last year.
85% of influenza notifications in Queensland are H1N1 virus (swine flu). Courier Mail, 12 March, 2014
Similarly , a swine flu pandemic has been reported in New Zealand, prompting both NZ and Australian health authorities to encourage people to have their flu shots early. International Business Times, 27 March, 2014
What is Swine Flu?
H1N1 Influenza virus is a relatively new strain of Influenza A virus - first detected in Mexico in April 2009. The H1N1 virus spread rapidly around the world and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation in June 2009. H1N1 is referred to as swine flu because it contains some of the same DNA from influenza strains that infect pigs.
What are the symptoms of swine flu?
The symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu:
- sore throat
- runny nose
- body aches
Some people also have diarrhoea and vomiting.
Like the flu which occurs every year, swine flu can spread from person to person via droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets can also settle on objects like telephones and door knobs and can then be transferred to the nose, mouth or eyes. As swine flu is a relatively new strain of influenza A, most people haven’t come into contact with it before and are therefore not immune.
For some people immunisation is a highly controversial topic and emotive topic. For others immunisation is a social and public health responsibility.
Whichever end of the spectrum you and your family are placed is entirely your choice. At e-GPS, we believe the only way you can make an informed decision about immunisation is to ensure that the sources from which you gather your information, are the most reputable sources available.