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Int J STD AIDS. 1997 May;8(5):336-8.

The sexual behaviour of international travellers at two Glasgow GUM clinics. Glasgow genitourinary medicine.

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  • 1MRC Medical Sociology Unit, University of Glasgow, UK.


A survey of patients attending 2 Glasgow genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics was conducted in 2 3-month periods in 1993 and 1994. Three hundred and twenty-five attendees who had travelled abroad in the preceding 3 months completed anonymous self-administered questionnaires about their sexual behaviour during these recent journeys abroad. There were 112 women and 213 men (185 heterosexuals and 28 homosexuals). Twenty-two (19.6%) women, 56 (31%) heterosexual men and 13 (42%) homosexual men had a sexual contact with a new partner while abroad. Of those who had had a new sexual contact abroad, 11 women (50% of those who had sex with a new partner) and 33 heterosexual men (59% of those who had sex with a new partner) were inconsistent users of condoms. Analysis of data found that homosexual and heterosexual men, and business travellers, are at increased risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection, and should be targeted with safer sex health promotion prior to travel.

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