Some Things To Know About Stds On Cruise Ships

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Cruise ships are huge passenger vessels primarily used for traveling. Unlike most ocean liners, they usually embark on several round-trip voyages, usually to different ports-of-turn, where guests can then head on shore tours called “shore tours”. But cruises can also be used for other purposes like business and pleasure. Many cruise ships provide facilities and amenities for travelers. These include spas, casinos, restaurants, pool decks, lounges, onboard casinos, movies, and ballrooms.

Certain Risks That All Cruise Ship Passengers Will Need To Consider

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Like all cruise ships, there are certain risks that all cruise ship passengers will need to consider and prepare for. One of the things that increases the risk of getting sick is the duration of the cruise. For instance, a cruise ship operating in the Gulf of Mexico has increased risks compared to a cruise ship operating off the shores of the Caribbean. The reason is that the inbound traffic in the Gulf can be more volatile compared to those cruising around the Caribbean.

The duration of sea voyaging increases the increased risk of diseases because of the increased risk of getting seasick. As mentioned earlier, the Gulf of Mexico has a much higher concentration of salt water. The increased risk of getting seasick means that those traveling to this part of the world should make sure they are very flexible with their schedule. It is recommended that they check with cruise ships operating in the Gulf of Mexico or the Eastern Caribbean that they can easily adapt to the different weather situations that the region experiences. They should also consider what activities they would like to do during their time in the port of call. In some cases, cruise ships require travelers to get tested for contagious diseases to monitor their exposure levels.

Caribbean Cruise Ship Travel Should Take The Necessary Precautions

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There is an increased risk of diseases when people do not get tested for HIV during the period of their vacation at sea. Some of the diseases that may increase during time away from home include syphilis, hepatitis B and C and HIV. Many Caribbean cruise ships do not offer STD testing services. When someone does get tested, they may have to pay an extra large fee because the Caribbean is a destination known for high STD infection rates. Strep tests for all three STDs can be done at any of the STD clinics in the area.

When someone does not get tested for STDs at ports of call, they could end up contracting one here and there while on their trip. Those who plan to take advantage of Caribbean cruise ship travel should take the necessary precautions to avoid this type of situation. This includes ensuring that they are tested for STDs at the time of booking but also while on-board the ship. Some of these diseases can be easily preventable if someone follows simple steps including taking a daily calcium supplement.

Use A Personal Health Screening Device

Another way to avoid spreading disease on cruises is to use a personal health screening device. These devices are FDA approved and have been proven to screen for the many types of STDs that are common on cruise ships. They also screen for the more commonly known illnesses that occur while on-board. The costs for getting one of these devices should be taken into consideration when planning a cruise trip. Prices vary widely between specialty vendors and the devices may not even be covered by some insurance companies.

Those who have already tested negative for STDs should not bring them onto a cruise ship. It is also important to remember that while on a cruise ship, there are many other travelers on-board as well who may be carrying the same diseases. These travelers should not share the same towels or bedding with those who have contracts. Cruise ship guests can also help to screen for STDs by asking questions of those who show signs of illness or by taking steps to try to prevent themselves from coming into contact with sick travellers.

Final Words

However, it should also be mentioned that most on cruise ships do have medical screening and that those carrying the virus which can result in the development of AIDS, Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or even syphilis will be quarantined while on-board. In cruise ships where there is a high occurrence of STD’s, physicians and nurses will often advise passengers to abstain from sexual relations until they have had their screenings. While this will reduce the risk of spreading the diseases, it will not eliminate them. So it is important that all travelers take a yearly exam for STD’s to ensure they are as healthy as possible.

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