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Partner Notification of Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Practices and Preferences

October 7, 2011

Noting that timely notification and treatment of sex partners exposed to an STD "is essential to reduce re-infection and transmission," the authors undertook the current study to determine factors associated with patient-initiated partner notification and preferences for standard partner referral versus expedited partner therapy (EPT).

A baseline survey was administered to patients diagnosed in the previous year with gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis or nongonococcal urethritis. The survey collected information about demographics, sexual history, and partner treatment preferences (standard partner referral vs. EPT). Participants identified up to four sex partners in the past two months, and they answered questions about relationship characteristics, quality, and notification self-efficacy. At follow-up, patients with a current STD were asked whether they had notified their sex partners. Associations between predictor variables and partner notification were evaluated using generalized estimating equations.

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