There are questions and concerns being raised about the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and backpackers, how are they related? In order relate the two we must first have to know what or who are backpackers. Backpackers are young adults who are traveling for an extended period of time and pretty much living the “do as you want” life. I myself traveled as a backpacker through Europe so I can easily say why this is so.
First to take note is that, when you backpack there is a lot of promiscuity. That is saying in simple way that people sleep with people, and it happens more while you are traveling. Since lots of those who travel are tempted to have sex when they travel, then they are prone to be inflicted with STDs, so when they are already inflicted they are now carriers and bring the disease along with them to every place they visit. Every stop means a new way to spread the disease.
There was actually a public outcry about those British backpackers in Australia. Supposedly, the British are the ones to be blamed regarding the increase of sexually transmitted diseases, due to casual sexual relationships of their backpackers. According to a survey made, it was found out that many had tripled the number sexual partners normally have at home, even if they are not single upon arrival. So there is a conclusion made that many backpackers do sleep around.
When backpackers sleep around while on travel, they seem not to mind who may see them. As I have mentioned, I backpacked around Europe and have seen them all. If you’re staying in a dorm style rooms, it should be no shock to you when you enter your room or while you are sleeping and two people are doing it in one of the bunk beds in the same room. They also do it whenever and wherever they can…doorways, stairways, public parks, etc. One would think that being caught by the police would be the biggest danger!
Why is this so? Well majority of them make this time as a time for them to grow as an individual, experiencing things they think they might not experience again. Sex is probably one of the things most people want to experience. Due to the fact that the sex they practice is an anonymous one, which means that after they do it there is a remote chance of seeing each other again. And it also leads to the danger of the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. If those travelers are living with a carefree attitude, do you think that undergoing a test for STDs is their priority?
It is very sad and unfortunate that something which is supposed to be a sacred and beautiful experience in a person’s life can become a potential destroyer of one’s life. This is another eye opener for people that STDs are major problem, and that no one is exempted, anyone can be inflicted with it.
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