Sexual risk taking in a community sample of international backpackers visiting Brisbane, Australia

Fischer, Jane A., Debattista, Joseph, Rostami, Soulmaz, Peet, Anthony R., Dean, Judith A., Allen, Kate E. and Stewart, Mary (2013) Sexual risk taking in a community sample of international backpackers visiting Brisbane, Australia. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, OnlineFirst 2: 1-10. doi:10.1177/1010539513483822

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Author Fischer, Jane A.
Debattista, Joseph
Rostami, Soulmaz
Peet, Anthony R.
Dean, Judith A.
Allen, Kate E.
Stewart, Mary
Title Sexual risk taking in a community sample of international backpackers visiting Brisbane, Australia
Journal name Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1010-5395
1941-2479
Publication date 2013-04-09
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1010539513483822
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume OnlineFirst
Issue 2
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We sought to examine correlations between international backpackers’ alcohol consumption and sexual behaviors and determine the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoea in this population. A cross-sectional study design consisting of a convenience sample (N = 168) of non-treatment-seeking international backpackers visiting Brisbane, Australia was recruited. Participants were asked to self-complete a questionnaire on sexual behavior and to undertake a urine-based polymerase chain reaction test for C trachomatis and N gonorrhoea. Since arriving in Australia, 73.2% reported having had sex, with a median number of 2 different sex partners (range = 0-21). Most participants had consumed alcohol (53.7%) and used condoms (46.3%) the last time they had sex. In our sample, there was a 4.3% prevalence of C trachomatis and a 0% prevalence of N gonorrhoea. This study identified a variable pattern of risk among backpackers, with those spending longer periods in the country more likely to have sex with Australians.
Keyword Alcohol
Backpackers
Chlamydia
Risk taking
Sexually transmitted infections
Tourists
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print April 9, 2013

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