FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Prevention Is The Best Medicine

Sep 1, 2004
2004 / September 2004

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, the late clinical stage of infection with human immunodeficiency virus, was first recognized as a distinct syndrome in 1981. It is characterized by progressive damage to the immune system and life-threatening infectious and noninfectious complications.

aids and hiv infection occur worldwide, yet comprehensive monitoring systems are lacking in many countries. The true number of cases is therefore likely to be far greater than the number officially reported. That’s particularly true for underdeveloped nations. The Joint United Nations Pro-gram on hiv/aids estimates that at year-end 2001, 40 million people worldwide were living with hiv/aids.

Still, the risk for international travelers is determined less by where they go than by what they do. Travelers should not use drugs intravenously or share needles for any purpose. They should also avoid, if at all possible, receiving medications from multidose vials that may have been contaminated by used needles. Travelers with hemophilia or insulin-dependent diabetes, or who require routine or frequent injections for another reason, should carry a supply of syringes, needles and disinfectant wipes sufficient to last their entire stay.

The risk of hiv infection for international travelers is generally low. Risk factors include direct contact with blood or secretions and sexual contact with a person who may be infected. To further complicate matters, the blood supply in Third World countries is not adequately screened for hiv.

While no vaccine is available to prevent hiv infection, travelers should be advised that it is preventable. hiv is transmitted through sexual intercourse and/or sharing of needles or syringes; through medical use of blood, blood components, organs or tissues that have not been adequately screened; and perinatally from an infected woman to her infant. hiv is not transmitted through casual contact; air, food or water; contact with inanimate objects; or by mosquitoes or other insects. The use of public transportation by people with aids or hiv infection does not pose a risk of infection to crew members or fellow travelers.

In many countries with high rates of infection, hiv is common in the general population. Condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can prevent transmission of hiv. Travelers who engage in vaginal, anal or oral-genital sexual contact with anyone who is infected with hiv or whose hiv status is unknown should use a latex condom. Those who are allergic to latex should use condoms made of polyurethane or other synthetic materials. In some parts of the world, there is a limited supply and selection of condoms, so travelers who engage in sexual contact with those who may be infected with hiv should carry their own supply.

When a male condom cannot be used properly, a female condom should be considered. Spermicides and barrier methods other than condoms have not been shown to be effective in the prevention of hiv transmission.


In summary, travelers are at risk for hiv infection if they:

1. Engage in sexual contact with an infected person
2. Use or allow the use of contaminated, unsterilized syringes or needles for any injections or other skin-piercing procedures, including acupuncture; use of illicit drugs; steroid or vitamin injections; medical or dental procedures; tattooing; ear or body piercing
3. Use infected blood, blood components or clotting factor concentrates. hiv infection by this route is rare in countries or cities where donated blood and plasma are screened for hiv

For more information about aids and hiv, visit www.cdc.gov.

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Aug 12, 2022

New COMO Journeys in Thailand, Indonesia, Bhutan, Australia

COMO Hotels and Resorts offers travelers new immersive luxury retreats for 2022. Perfect for couples, small groups or solo travelers, the new COMO Journeys are available to book in Australia, Bhutan, Indonesia and Thailand.

TAP Air Portugal: 77 Years Young

TAP Air Portugal, or rather Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, was founded 77 years ago, March 14, 1945, and flew its first commercial flight September 19, 1946, inaugurating service from Lisbon to Madrid, Spain, aboard a Douglas DC-3.

Daily
Aug 12, 2022

High Tea at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort Thailand

Anantara Chiang Mai, the deluxe resort on the banks of Thailand’s Mae Ping River, relaunched the city’s most famous high tea experience, served on the terrace of the 100-year-old British Consulate that today houses the resort’s Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar.

Daily
Aug 12, 2022

Hotel Bel-Air Hosts Wolfgang Puck’s End-of-Summer BBQ

The Hotel Bel-Air hosts a new end-of-summer BBQ with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck on the lawn of the hotel. The event is back after a three-year hiatus, set to take place Sept. 6. Guests will be able to enjoy an evening featuring backyard-style barbeque and seasonal summer favorites.

Why the Future of Business Travel Might Look Different

Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.

Daily
Aug 11, 2022

The Oberoi Marrakech’s New Wellness Program

The Oberoi, Marrakech introduces its new holistic wellness program, SAHA. Meaning health in Arabic, SAHA aims to help guests reach their full wellbeing potential. The program operates on four key cornerstones: soul & spirit, active body, holistic treatments and a better plate.

Daily
Aug 10, 2022

The Hard Days Night Hotel Liverpool

A never-before-heard broadcast interview with John Lennon recorded in 1964 has been won at auction by Hard Days Night Hotel, the only Beatles-inspired hotel in the world, located in Cavern Quarter in Liverpool.

The State of Sustainability in Global Business Travel

Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.

eFlyer News
Aug 10, 2022

Emerald Cruises’ Newest Star-Ship, ‘Emerald Luna,’ Christened in Amsterdam

Emerald Cruises christened its newest Star-Ship, Emerald Luna, in a ceremony in Amsterdam as it prepares to sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers of Europe. Equipped to host up to 180 guests, Emerald Luna saw many members of Scenic Group, the parent company of Emerald Cruises, attend the ceremony, including U.S. travel industry advocate and educator Vanessa McGovern, who took honors as godmother during the ceremony.