Stephen Osborne
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 5, Iss. 6, 10 Jun 2013, pp 332 - 335

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and remote areas workers have a direct relationship more so than in other workforces. Overseas and migrant workers appear to be affected by these types of infectious diseases in greater numbers than in other workforces (apart from the commercial sex industry) for a differing number of reasons. The relative loneliness and isolation, being away from spouses or regular partners for long periods of time, and relative high disposable income associated with the work all contribute to a large proportion of workers engaging in risky sexual practices whilst away on projects.

The contracting of these infectious diseases obviously has a cost to the worker, their families, health services, and also to their employer in terms of family cohesion, treatment, and possible lost productivity/time. It is important that greater preventative measures are required to ease the suffering and cost to all concerned.

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