Medical - Ask Dr. Ken
STDs in the Industry
Education is key. There are so many myths, and false ideas about STDs and diseases. This is not something that you should learn from your friends and coworers over a few beers. This should really be taught onboard as part of the ships first aid training. Taught by a professional instructor that has knowledge in this area.
My company teaches onboard first aid classes throughout Florida and will create handouts and cover in detail any topic the client wishes. This includes heart attack, stroke or even STDs if you wish.
Get your knowledge from a trusted source, not the bartender.
This topic had me calling several of the crew health insurance carriers asking if Hepatitis B would be a covered illness or not?
Where one of the crew insurance carriers most definitely does cover STDs, HIV and AIDS.... most do not!
So where do the health insurance companies stand with Hepatitis B, which is often transferered sexually, hence a STD? Hepatitis is not always contracted sexually (needles, sharing razors or toothbrushes, infected mother to a baby or other contact with body fluids or saliva may cause infection.)
Other than the carrier that covers all STDs, two carriers confirm that STDs are not covered. (But who is to say if Hep B was contracted sexually?!) One carrier has not yet responded - I can imagine the underwriters have their knickers in a knot with this one!
If you are insured and you have a Hepatitis claim denied, I suggest contacting your agent to see if you should appeal. It is easier to get help with possibly wrongly denied claims if your health plan is regulated by the Dept. of Insurance. They are there to help the consumer.
Meanwhile, wrap that rascal! SEVEN SEAS HEALTH