Sexually Transmitted Diseases
HIV/AIDS is a worldwide health problem that is spreading in Peru along with hepatitis B and other sexually transmitted diseases. The United Nations officially classifies Peru’s AIDS epidemic as low-level and estimated in 2005 that there were between 89,000 and 93,000 people in Peru living with HIV/AIDS. About 74 percent of the adults were men, more than half of whom identified themselves as heterosexual. The number of infected women and children is rising.
Despite state-promoted campaigns that have increased the concept of safe sex in the public’s mind on in Peru, many men still refuse to use condoms. HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases may be transmitted just as often in homosexual sex as in heterosexual sex. Travelers should take full precautions before engaging in sex, beginning with the use of condoms.
© Ross Wehner and Renée del Gaudio from Moon Peru, 3rd Edition