Patient involvement in partner notification improves outcomes in STIs
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