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Foreign travel, casual sex, and sexually transmitted infections: systematic review and meta-analysis.
Int J Infect Dis 2010; 14(10):e842-51IJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

With increasing international travel it is important to understand how frequent casual travel sex and unprotected intercourse are, and what impact this may have on the risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

METHODS

We conducted a systematic review, and where appropriate meta-analyses, to ascertain the influence of foreign travel on behavior, including new partnerships, unprotected intercourse, and STI acquisition.

RESULTS

The pooled prevalence of travel-associated casual sex was 20.4% (95% confidence interval (CI) 14.8-26.7%), with 49.4% (95% CI 38.4-60.5%) of these having unprotected intercourse. The predominant characteristics of people who had new sexual partners abroad were: young age, male gender, single status, and traveling alone or with friends, with a previous history of multiple sexual partners or an STI. People who travel or stay abroad for longer periods and men who have sex with men are at higher risk of developing new sexual partnerships and having unprotected intercourse. The risk of developing an STI is increased up to 3-fold in people who experience casual travel sex.

CONCLUSIONS

New sexual partnerships and unprotected intercourse abroad are relatively common. People who develop new sexual partnerships and have unprotected intercourse abroad have an increase risk of STIs. There is, however, a paucity of information related to strategies to prevent the risk of STI acquisition during foreign travel.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Medicine, Health Policy & Practice, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR47TJ, UK. r.vivancos@uea.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Meta-Analysis
Review
Systematic Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20580587

Citation

Vivancos, R, et al. "Foreign Travel, Casual Sex, and Sexually Transmitted Infections: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis." International Journal of Infectious Diseases : IJID : Official Publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, vol. 14, no. 10, 2010, pp. e842-51.
Vivancos R, Abubakar I, Hunter PR. Foreign travel, casual sex, and sexually transmitted infections: systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Infect Dis. 2010;14(10):e842-51.
Vivancos, R., Abubakar, I., & Hunter, P. R. (2010). Foreign travel, casual sex, and sexually transmitted infections: systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Infectious Diseases : IJID : Official Publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, 14(10), pp. e842-51. doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2010.02.2251.
Vivancos R, Abubakar I, Hunter PR. Foreign Travel, Casual Sex, and Sexually Transmitted Infections: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Int J Infect Dis. 2010;14(10):e842-51. PubMed PMID: 20580587.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Foreign travel, casual sex, and sexually transmitted infections: systematic review and meta-analysis. AU - Vivancos,R, AU - Abubakar,I, AU - Hunter,P R, Y1 - 2010/06/30/ PY - 2008/06/10/received PY - 2008/10/31/revised PY - 2010/02/15/accepted PY - 2010/6/29/entrez PY - 2010/6/29/pubmed PY - 2011/2/25/medline SP - e842 EP - 51 JF - International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases JO - Int. J. Infect. Dis. VL - 14 IS - 10 N2 - OBJECTIVES: With increasing international travel it is important to understand how frequent casual travel sex and unprotected intercourse are, and what impact this may have on the risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STIs). METHODS: We conducted a systematic review, and where appropriate meta-analyses, to ascertain the influence of foreign travel on behavior, including new partnerships, unprotected intercourse, and STI acquisition. RESULTS: The pooled prevalence of travel-associated casual sex was 20.4% (95% confidence interval (CI) 14.8-26.7%), with 49.4% (95% CI 38.4-60.5%) of these having unprotected intercourse. The predominant characteristics of people who had new sexual partners abroad were: young age, male gender, single status, and traveling alone or with friends, with a previous history of multiple sexual partners or an STI. People who travel or stay abroad for longer periods and men who have sex with men are at higher risk of developing new sexual partnerships and having unprotected intercourse. The risk of developing an STI is increased up to 3-fold in people who experience casual travel sex. CONCLUSIONS: New sexual partnerships and unprotected intercourse abroad are relatively common. People who develop new sexual partnerships and have unprotected intercourse abroad have an increase risk of STIs. There is, however, a paucity of information related to strategies to prevent the risk of STI acquisition during foreign travel. SN - 1878-3511 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20580587/full_citation L2 - http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1201-9712(10)02355-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -