Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Estimates of the number of people living with HIV in Panama range from 17,000 to more than 30,000. Given the country’s small population, that makes it the third-highest rate in Central America. HIV in Panama is more often transmitted through heterosexual than homosexual sex. According to a United Nations agency in Panama, HIV rates have skyrocketed in recent years.
The sexually adventurous should also remember that other STDs are serious and not necessarily easily treatable. An antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea, for instance, is on the rise around the world. Be sure to get a hepatitis B vaccination and always use condoms and other safer-sex methods.
© William Friar from Moon Panama, 3rd Edition