Patients with HIV disease who travel abroad may encounter some unique risks. Some pre-travel vaccinations may be inappropriate for HIV positive travelers. The risk of acquiring infections abroad may be higher. Some countries also have discriminatory policies towards HIV positive travelers that may make entrance to the country difficult. Despite these facts, patients with HIV can travel safely and enjoyably simply by taking a few extra precautions. Visiting with a travel medicine specialist well in advance is an important part of ensuring a successful trip.
Coronary artery disease remains the most common cause of death for men and women over the age of 50. One study of deaths among U.S. travelers to Mexico found that circulatory disease was the second most common cause behind motor vehicle accidents. Despite these alarming facts, however, the risk of having a heart attack for travelers abroad is less than that of the
population at home.