Diseases and vaccinations

A primary health concern in Cambodia is the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, especially among commercial sex workers. Safe sex is highly recommended, although abstinence is still the best way to avoid getting a sexually transmitted infection while traveling.

For a free HIV Antibody Test in Sihanoukville, ask for the Red Cross at the Sihanoukville Hospital.

However, there is another face to sex tourism in Cambodia. The extreme poverty of Cambodian families has led to sex trafficking, and children and young people in particular are often victimized by recruiters out to get the big bucks. Sex with minors is a crime, and one should immediately report this particular criminal act to authorities, if possible.

Other Diseases to Watch Out For

Eating street food in an exotic city can be an experience in itself. While true, it is not recommended for everybody. You could get worms, if you’re not used to eating at places with less than ideal hygienic practices. Worse, you could get Giardia or Salmonella, or even worst, possibly Hepatitis A.

Dengue fever is also prevalent, especially in some areas at particular times of the year. Bring a mosquito repellant from home and apply generously.

List of Vaccinations

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations when traveling to Cambodia. This is for information only and not medical advice. If you have particular questions regarding your own personal concern, it is always best to consult a medical professional.

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Cholera
  • Rabies
  • Malaria
  • Tetanus

The above list is not compulsory for all travelers to Cambodia. For more information about these vaccinations, check out the Travelers’ Health section in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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