Do people living with HIV travel safely? Assessment of travel patterns and advice-seeking behaviour in a cohort of people living with HIV in Belgium

Charlotte Martin, Emmanuel Bottieau, Marc Delforge, Nicolas Dauby

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OBJECTIVES: Pre-travel counselling has demonstrated its efficacy in decreasing travel-related health complications. The current profile of people living with HIV (PLWH) in Europe [increasing age, visiting friends and relatives (VFR)] makes pre-travel counselling crucial. We aimed to survey the self-reported travel patterns and advice-seeking behaviour among PLWH followed up at the HIV Reference Centre (HRC) of Saint-Pierre Hospital, Brussels.

METHODS: A survey was conducted in all PLWH presenting at the HRC from February to June 2021. The survey covered demographic elements, travel and pre-travel consultation habits over the last 10 years, or since the diagnosis of HIV if it was made less than 10 years earlier.

RESULTS: The survey was completed by 1024 PLWH (35% women, median age 49 years, the majority being virologically controlled). A substantial number of PLWH were involved in VFR travel in low-resource countries and 65% sought pre-travel advice before travelling: if not, it was because they did not know it was necessary (91%).

CONCLUSION: Travel is common among PLWH. Raising awareness of the importance of pre-travel counselling should be a routine part of every healthcare encounter and especially during regular contact with HIV physicians.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHIV Medicine
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)754-759
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Belgium/epidemiology
  • Europe
  • Female
  • HIV Infections/epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Travel
  • Travel-Related Illness

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