We read with interest the recent article by Shaw and colleagues regarding travel to China for the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. While the authors should be commended for their excellent review and travel advice, we feel that the issue of HIV/AIDS and its relationship with the commercial sex workers and travelers has not been adequately emphasized. HIV-related sexual risk factors are known to exist within the migrating demographic and it is reasonable to assume that a certain proportion will travel to Beijing seeking work during the Olympic period. A large number of commercial sex workers can also be expected to migrate to Beijing in search of customers attending, viewing or participating in, the Olympics.
Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease Vol. 6, Issue 3