Travelling with HIV: A cross sectional analysis of Danish HIV-infected patients

Ulla S Nielsen, Søren Jensen-Fangel, Gitte Pedersen, Nicolai Lohse, Court Pedersen, Gitte Kronborg, Niels Obel, Carsten S Larsen

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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.

TidsskriftTravel Medicine and Infectious Disease
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)72-78
Antal sider7
StatusUdgivet - 2014


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