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
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.