So I was recently overseas for a few weeks and it got me thinking about accessing sexual health care when travelling. How do you have safe sex while travelling?
If I have unprotected sex in NSW, I know I can easily go out to get the morning-after pill or go to a sexual health clinic like family planning for any information. But what if something like that happens overseas? What happens then?
Has anyone had any experience with accessing sexual health care overseas? How would I get something like the morning-after pill? How could you get past the anxiety and added stress of a potential language barrier when accessing these services? Are you able to carry these items on you from Australia when travelling for emergencies?
@tea this is such an interesting question and I have nothing to offer but solidarity for the concern. When I had PV sex for the first time I was in the US and they have their condoms in the supermarket under LOCK AND KEY!! Treating sexual health care like a contraband product was very disturbing and I could not understand the thinking behind it. I was so terrified to ask that my friend had to approach a sales assistant for me and ask for the cabinet to be unlocked. I hate to say that if I was alone, I may have been too afraid to even ask and may have left empty-handed.
We are so used to the accessibility or lack of in our own countries!
Such a good question! I lived and travelled Europe for a year and came across some interesting differences about accessing safer sex.
– Some places in Europe had condom machines on the street which I thought was very cool and practical.
– A lot of the time you can buy condoms from hostels and even some hotel receptions.
– In some places you have to ask for condoms from the sales person (I found this embarrassing).
– I was in one small town for a few nights and noticed I couldn’t find any tampons stocked in the local store!!!! That really shocked me. I wonder if they sold condoms or had the morning after pill!?
– I had an incident where the condom came off and I needed to get the morning after pill but it was a Sunday and in the small town I was in everything was closed! (this was the UK) I ended up having to go to the emergency room and ask for the morning after pill there. Good news was it was free bad news was I had to wait a very long time for a nurse to see me.
My recommendation after this whole experience. Stock up on condoms before you leave and have a bunch (big bunch) on you. You can also bulk buy your contraception pill and take that with you when you travel!