Sexual risk taking in a community sample of international backpackers visiting Brisbane, Australia

Jane A. Fischer, Joseph Debattista, Soulmaz Rostami, Anthony R. Peet, Judith A. Dean, Kate E. Allen, Mary Stewart

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We sought to examine correlations between international backpackers' alcohol consumption and sexual behaviors and determine the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoea in this population. A cross-sectional study design consisting of a convenience sample (N = 168) of non-treatment-seeking international backpackers visiting Brisbane, Australia was recruited. Participants were asked to self-complete a questionnaire on sexual behavior and to undertake a urine-based polymerase chain reaction test for C trachomatis and N gonorrhoea. Since arriving in Australia, 73.2% reported having had sex, with a median number of 2 different sex partners (range = 0-21). Most participants had consumed alcohol (53.7%) and used condoms (46.3%) the last time they had sex. In our sample, there was a 4.3% prevalence of C trachomatis and a 0% prevalence of N gonorrhoea. This study identified a variable pattern of risk among backpackers, with those spending longer periods in the country more likely to have sex with Australians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)NP2400-NP2409
Number of pages10
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Issue number2
Early online date9 Apr 2013
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • alcohol
  • backpackers
  • chlamydia
  • risk taking
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • tourists


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