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Travelling with HIV: a cross sectional analysis of Danish HIV-infected patients.
Travel Med Infect Dis. 2014 Jan-Feb; 12(1):72-8.TM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

We aimed to describe travel patterns, extent of professional pre-travel advice and health problems encountered during travel among HIV-infected individuals.

METHODS

During a six-month period a questionnaire was handed out to 2821 adult HIV-infected individuals attending any of the eight Danish medical HIV care centers.

RESULTS

A total of 763 individuals responded. During the previous two years 49% had travelled outside Europe; 18% had travelled less and 30% were more cautious when choosing travel destination than before the HIV diagnosis. Pre-travel advice was sought by only 38%, and travel insurance was taken out by 86%. However, 29%/74% did not inform the advisor/the insurance company about their HIV status. Nearly all patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) were adherent, but 58% worried about carrying HIV-medicine and 19% tried to hide it. Only 19% experienced health problems during travel, 6% sought medical assistance and 0.5% was hospitalized.

CONCLUSIONS

Danish HIV-infected patients travel frequently outside Denmark. Health and adherence to HAART were not major problems during travel. The main problems were failure to seek pre-travel advice, lack of disclosure of HIV status when seeking pre-travel advice or getting a travel insurance.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Infectious Diseases, Aarhus University Hospital, Brendstrupgaardsvej 100, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.Department of Infectious Diseases, Aarhus University Hospital, Brendstrupgaardsvej 100, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.Department of Infectious Diseases, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark.Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, Denmark.Department of Infectious Diseases, Odense University Hospital, Denmark.Department of Infectious Diseases, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, Denmark.Department of Infectious Diseases, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark.Department of Infectious Diseases, Aarhus University Hospital, Brendstrupgaardsvej 100, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark. Electronic address: carslars@rm.dk.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24275451

Citation

Nielsen, Ulla S., et al. "Travelling With HIV: a Cross Sectional Analysis of Danish HIV-infected Patients." Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, vol. 12, no. 1, 2014, pp. 72-8.
Nielsen US, Jensen-Fangel S, Pedersen G, et al. Travelling with HIV: a cross sectional analysis of Danish HIV-infected patients. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2014;12(1):72-8.
Nielsen, U. S., Jensen-Fangel, S., Pedersen, G., Lohse, N., Pedersen, C., Kronborg, G., Obel, N., & Larsen, C. S. (2014). Travelling with HIV: a cross sectional analysis of Danish HIV-infected patients. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 12(1), 72-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmaid.2013.10.006
Nielsen US, et al. Travelling With HIV: a Cross Sectional Analysis of Danish HIV-infected Patients. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2014 Jan-Feb;12(1):72-8. PubMed PMID: 24275451.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Travelling with HIV: a cross sectional analysis of Danish HIV-infected patients. AU - Nielsen,Ulla S, AU - Jensen-Fangel,Søren, AU - Pedersen,Gitte, AU - Lohse,Nicolai, AU - Pedersen,Court, AU - Kronborg,Gitte, AU - Obel,Niels, AU - Larsen,Carsten S, Y1 - 2013/10/24/ PY - 2013/06/22/received PY - 2013/09/29/revised PY - 2013/10/16/accepted PY - 2013/11/27/entrez PY - 2013/11/28/pubmed PY - 2014/9/30/medline KW - Disclosure KW - HIV KW - Pre-travel advice KW - Travel KW - Travel insurance SP - 72 EP - 8 JF - Travel medicine and infectious disease JO - Travel Med Infect Dis VL - 12 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: We aimed to describe travel patterns, extent of professional pre-travel advice and health problems encountered during travel among HIV-infected individuals. METHODS: During a six-month period a questionnaire was handed out to 2821 adult HIV-infected individuals attending any of the eight Danish medical HIV care centers. RESULTS: A total of 763 individuals responded. During the previous two years 49% had travelled outside Europe; 18% had travelled less and 30% were more cautious when choosing travel destination than before the HIV diagnosis. Pre-travel advice was sought by only 38%, and travel insurance was taken out by 86%. However, 29%/74% did not inform the advisor/the insurance company about their HIV status. Nearly all patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) were adherent, but 58% worried about carrying HIV-medicine and 19% tried to hide it. Only 19% experienced health problems during travel, 6% sought medical assistance and 0.5% was hospitalized. CONCLUSIONS: Danish HIV-infected patients travel frequently outside Denmark. Health and adherence to HAART were not major problems during travel. The main problems were failure to seek pre-travel advice, lack of disclosure of HIV status when seeking pre-travel advice or getting a travel insurance. SN - 1873-0442 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24275451/full_citation L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1477-8939(13)00175-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -