Saturday, 25 January 2014

Vast majority of women diagnosed with HIV in UK infected abroad

On 23 January 2014, The Healthy Living online magazine quoted David Sykes of HIVNow thus:

“The numbers of western women travelling to lesser developed countries to have sex with the local men has risen dramatically in the past few years. Unfortunately the most popular sex tourist destinations appear to be areas with severe HIV AIDS issues. These women have unprotected sex with men in Africa then come home and give it to their husbands.

I came across a case recently where a married man and woman were both infected by HIV along with their two young children. Upon investigation it was revealed the woman had taken part in a humanitarian trip eight years earlier in sub Saharan Africa, having unprotected vaginal and anal sex with local men, infecting her husband a year later then subsequently infecting her two children through breast feeding.”

Dr Katy Sinka, senior HPA epidemiologist, added:

“Our main concern is that infections acquired in the UK continue to increase. We should be able to target prevention strategies in the UK, when we can’t necessarily act to prevent infections occurring abroad.”

Healthy Living gave us the figures:

“Numbers of people who have acquired HIV AIDS through heterosexual sex in the UK has risen dramatically and is expect to continue… UK infections have increased from 1,950 in 2001 to over 4,000 in 2011, more than double. Then in 2012, a worrying 6390.

It is estimated that in 2013 this number was close to 8000. However the number of new diagnoses among people born in Africa has dropped from 35 per cent of total diagnoses in 2011, to 29 per cent in 2012 and Research from Taylor Nelson Sofres Healthcare, the TNSH shows that 54% of all HIV infections in the UK are from heterosexual sex. The vast majority of heterosexual women diagnosed with HIV in the UK are infected abroad…

Popular female sex tourism destinations include the Caribbean, particularly Barbados and Jamaica and African countries such as Gambia, Senegal and Kenya…

Female sex tourists do not appear at all preoccupied by the potential risks. Many women thinking that HIV is something that only happens to gay men and that given the unusual atmosphere and excitement of sex with an exotic man, condoms are rarely used or discussed before intercourse, and if anything are discouraged by western women.”

1 comment:

  1. many Spanish women are traveling to Senegal every year, apparently they are volunteers working with an NGO, but the truth is that they only travel to Senegal to hire the services of male prostitution
    in a small town in southern Senegal boys refer to these women as "las marías"