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Patient involvement in partner notification improves outcomes in STIs

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Involving index patients in shared responsibility for the management of sexual partners improves outcomes for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and non-specific urethritis.

A systematic review was carried out on 14 trials including more than 12,000 patients with STIs.

The rate of persistent or recurrent infections in patients managed with patient-delivered partner therapy was lower than in controls among index cases with chlamydia or gonorrhoea but not with trichomonas.

Patient-delivered partner therapy, home sampling for partners and providing additional information for partners were all more effective than simple patient referral.

Trelle S, Shang A, Nartey L et al. Improved effectiveness of partner notification for patients with sexually transmitted infections: systematic review BMJ 2007 doi. 10.1136/bmj.39079.460741.7C

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