With global travel and communication more accessible than ever before in history, it doesn’t come as a surprise that people are engaging in sexual activity in countries other than their own. After all, with the temptation of beautiful people in beautiful destinations, for many it would be a shame not to embrace the opportunity of some romance abroad. 1 in 5 travellers say they had sex with a new partner while in a foreign country. (Vivancos 2010)
However, a healthy sexual appetite can come with the reality of sexually transmitted infections and diseases. For this reason, it is very important to follow certain precautions in order to protect oneself from any unwanted souvenirs.
1. Know Where You Are Going
Many beautiful destinations around the world, particularly in Asia, South America and Africa, don’t provide the local people with a sufficient health care system. As such, many people are carrying infections and diseases that can go untreated for quite some time. When travelling, if you think or know that you will engage in a romantic scenario, be sure to know the healthcare situation at your destination. Consulting your doctor is a good idea.
2. Practice Safe-Sex & Recognize Symptoms
Many sexually transmitted infections and diseases can be prevented with the use of contraception. If you are going to engage in sexual activity with someone in a foreign country, protect yourself using the necessary tools and be sure to practice good hygiene at the same time. Also, monitor yourself after any sexual encounter. You can learn more about symptoms here
3. Access to Medical Assistance
If you are travelling to a foreign environment, remote or urban, know where medical assistance is available to you. Should you happen to contract an infection or disease, or are afraid that you are at risk, make the most of your International Travel Health Insurance
and access medical assistance at your destination.
4. Resist Anonymous Encounters
While anonymous encounters can seem like a fun way of engaging with others while abroad, try to get to know someone first before engaging in sexual activity. By building a level of trust and understanding someone’s sexual history, you can spare yourself any unpleasant or unfortunate outcomes.
5. Be Safe & Have Fun
There are many places around the world that are still quite unsafe and potentially very dangerous for both men and women, heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual, trans, or otherwise. As such, placing oneself in a vulnerable position can lead to risks for both health and safety. Practice caution, alert travelling companions of your whereabouts, remain in safe locations and put your health and safety first.
Vivancos R, Abubakar I, Hunter PR. 2010. Foreign travel, casual sex, and sexually transmitted infections: systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 14(10):e842–51.
wwwnc.cdc.gov. (2019). Sexually Transmitted Diseases | Travelers' Health | CDC. [online] Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/std [Accessed 2 Mar. 2020].