According to a recent report on Promed, the Department of Health in Australia is warning Western Australians against having tattoo’s abroad. This is in response to a confirmed case of HIV in an Australian where evidence of infection points to a recent tattoo received in Bali, Indonesia.
Having tattoo’s, body piercing and acupuncture abroad is not advised. While tattooists in the UK and Australia must comply with a code of practice and strict regulations, this is not always so in tattoo parlours overseas. Equipment used can be contaminated with blood and can pose a risk of contracting blood- borne infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. These blood – borne infections are transmitted through blood to blood contact or sexual activity. Hepatitis B can be prevented by having a course of vaccinations; however HIV and Hepatitis C are not vaccine preventable.
Advice for Travellers
World AIDS Day is held every year on 1 December. It is held to highlight the fight against HIV and a chance for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 and was the first ever global health day.
In the UK there are currently more than 90,000 people living with HIV. Globally an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV. Between 1981 and 2007 more than 25 million people have died from the Aids virus , making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The HIV virus attacks the body’s immune system — the body’s defence against diseases. HIV is passed on though infected bodily fluids, most commonly it is spread via sex without a condom or by sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment
HIV rates abroad are higher than in the UK. In sub-Saharan Africa HIV infection has reached epidemic proportions with 33.2 million people estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2007 .
Advice for Traveller’s
To pledge your support for World Aids Day click here
Sussex Travel Clinic is part of the C- Card Scheme and can supply free condoms to anyone aged 13 – 25 – just pop into clinic to collect your free pack and card.
Sussex Travel Clinic offers HIV testing for Visa and Employment purposes – please call 01273 749100.