Travelling safe

To keep you healthy on your holidays, we have a few sexual health tips for abroad. Take a look before you travel.

Vaccines

It’s not just your usual travel vaccines that you might need when you go abroad. All gay men should be vaccinated for hepatitis A and B, which can be transmitted through sex. We can sort this out for you.

You can get vaccines in any travel clinic or at your GP’s.

Condoms

Condom quality and availability vary worldwide. If you don’t want a dodgy condom that could break, take condoms marked with British kite mark or CE, European code mark with you – and make sure that they are in date. Old rubber is no good.

Sexual health check abroad

If you’ve had any risky sex close to your holiday date it’s a good idea to get a check-up before you go. The last thing you want is a problem while you’re away as you may struggle to find services or treatment on holiday.

Accessing healthcare while you’re away depends very much on your destination. Make sure you have all the information you need about accessing medical care in the country you are travelling to. See the NHS travel website for details.

Tips to consider when travelling as a tourist or on business trips with PrEP:

  • Always carry your medication in your hand luggage. Checked luggage might get lost or delayed.
  • Always take some extra medication with you. You might not return as planned, for unforeseeable reasons.
  • You may have to check specific customs regulation for importing your medication. In almost all cases, importing medicines for personal use would not pose a problem. To be on the safe side, carry a doctor’s prescription with you if you can. The prescription should make no mention of sexual health.
  • Carry your medication in original packaging, labelled with your name.
  • You don’t need to discuss sexual health with customs or immigration officials – it is not their business.