AIDS in Africa
Health Precautions for Africa Travel
For some travellers to Africa, AIDS is not a real threat as it is a disease that does not affect the day to day lives of most first world countries.
For tourists who come here we always stress the importance of safe sex.
How can I avoid getting HIV / AIDS in Africa?
- Don't have casual sex.
- If you are going to have sex with a new partner use a condom – everytime.
- Don't share needles or syringes.
- Don't share razors, toothbrushes or shavers.
- Consider packing a suture kit containing sterile needles, syringes and suture material.
- Don't receive tattooing, body-piercing, acupuncture or other skin-piercing treatments and cosmetic procedures.
- Don't receive injections or transfusions unless it is an emergency. If you must receive blood while travelling, try to ensure the donated blood has been tested for HIV.
- Pack a supply of syringes, needles and blood products to cover the length of your trip if you require any of those for regular treatment.
- Also carry a medical certificate explaining the supply.
Symptoms of HIV/AIDS
Infection with HIV often first appears as a flu-like illness that eventually passes. Although the infection progresses relentlessly, an infected person may not have symptoms for 10 years or more. However, throughout this symptom-free period, an infected person can transmit the virus to sexual partners or needle sharers. Following the initial flu-like period, many people living with HIV may periodically experience fever, weight loss, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue.
The onset of opportunistic infections and cancers characterizes the advance to AIDS, the last stage of HIV infection. During this period, many people develop unusual types of pneumonia such as pneumocystis carinii, skin cancers such as Kaposi's sarcoma or other types of cancer, which lead to death.
AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world. An estimated 22 million people were living with HIV at the end of 2007 and approximately 1.9 million additional people were infected with HIV during that year. In just the past year, the AIDS epidemic in Africa has claimed the lives of an estimated 1.5 million people in this region. More than eleven million children have been orphaned by AIDS.
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- Minette - OverlandingAfrica.com13 Feb 2012
Hi James; we only sell scheduled overland truck safaris. The only trips that we have that go through Cameroon are our Trans Expeditions which depart the UK once a year around October/November. For tours only in Cameroon - I recommend you contact a local operator for more assistance. Cheers!
- james butler 13 Feb 2012
what do you have for tours in camoroon end febuary first half of march
- samundra27 May 2011
gd gd really gd
- Skylar Gibson01 Dec 2010
Hey! I think Cameroon is WONDERFUL! Its soo beautiful; hopefully one day ill visit there as well.
- Sam10 Sep 2010
thanks for the info
- Tania - OverlandingAfrica.com12 Apr 2010
You would either have to apply at the closest Cameroon Embassy or high commission even if it is in a neighboring country; or directly to Home Affairs in Cameroon itself. Good luck!
- How to get Camerronian VISA from Portugal?10 Apr 2010
Please there is no Cameroonian embassy in portugal.How can I get Cameroonian Visa from Portugal Lisbon.
Africa Travel Health Pages:
We reccommend you take a look at the following pages for Africa health information.
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