Sexually transmitted diseases in travelers

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International travelers engaging in casual sex are at risk for acquiring sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV. The frequency of international travel emphasizes the need for a travel sexual activity history to be included in the clinical assessment of any returned traveler. When formulating a differential diagnosis, the STD prevalence rates at the travel destination and the risk profile of the traveler and the sexual partner need to be considered. Casual sex with host country nationals residing in tropical and subtropical areas of the developing world increases the traveler's risk for acquiring STDs rarely seen in industrialized countries, particularly bacterial genital ulcer diseases. Pretravel counseling needs to include education on STD prevention. A post-travel STD diagnostic evaluation is indicated when casual sexual activity has occured during travel, regardless of whether symptoms are present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-137
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Infectious Disease Reports
Volume7
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2005

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexual Behavior
Sexual Partners
Developed Countries
Ulcer
Counseling
Differential Diagnosis
History
HIV
Education

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Sexually transmitted diseases in travelers. / Hynes, Noreen A.

In: Current Infectious Disease Reports, Vol. 7, No. 2, 03.2005, p. 132-137.

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