Sexual and reproductive health during international travel: Expectations and experiences among female university students

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate female students’ expectations and experiences related to their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) during international travel. Participants: Female students from a US university with a history of sex with men completed a cross-sectional survey about their upcoming (Pre-travelers; n = 170) or recent (Travelers; n = 340) international travel. Methods: Descriptive statistics were used to characterize pre-travel SRH expectations (for Pre-travelers) and to determine the prevalence of 15 SRH experiences during both recent and lifetime travel (for Travelers). Results: Pre-travelers overwhelmingly expected to be abstinent and many were unsure of whether SRH supplies would be accessible in their destination. During Travelers’ recent trip, SRH experiences included getting off schedule with contraception (30%), unwanted sexual touching (18%), new male sex partners (17%), and unexpected sex (15%); lifetime prevalence estimates were higher. Conclusions: International travel poses risks to female students’ SRH that can be addressed by pre-travel counseling from study-abroad programs and clinicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of American College Health
Early online dateDec 1 2020
DOIs
StateE-pub ahead of print - Dec 1 2020

Bibliographical note

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© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Contraception
  • international travel
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • student health services
  • study abroad
  • unintended pregnancy

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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