Migrants Traveling to Their Country of Origin: A Bridge Population for HIV Transmission?
February 3, 2009
Migrants who have unprotected heterosexual contact in both the Netherlands and their homeland could serve as a bridge population for HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) transmission, noted the authors, who studied the determinants for such a population in two large migrant communities.
"Older male travelers of Surinamese and Antillean origin are at high risk for cross-border heterosexual transmission of HIV/STIs," the authors concluded. "They should be targeted by prevention programs, which are focused on sexual health education and HIV/STI testing, to raise their risk awareness and prevent transmission."
Sexually Transmitted Infections
12.01.2008; Vol. 84: P. 554-555; M.A. Kramer, M.G. van Veen; E.L.M. Op de Coul; R.B. Geskus; R.A. Coutinho; M.J.W. van de Laar; M. Prins
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