Revle D Bangor-Jones
Lisa A Bastian
Donna B Mak
Lewis J Marshall
Simona R Achitei
Partner notification is essential to interrupt transmission of sexually
transmissible infections. We surveyed the attitudes to partner
notification of general practitioners seeing 1–5 cases of chlamydia
We collected data on chlamydia notifications received in Western
Australia from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008. Treating GPs were
identified and 200 were randomly selected.
One hundred and five (53%) GPs responded. They believed automatic
partner notification by the Department of Health occurred following
notification (45%) or by ticking the box on the notification form (88%).
Ninety-seven percent of GPs encouraged partner notification; 55%
ensured it occurred. Printable resources were favoured by 90%, but
use of web based resources was low. Practice nurses were seldom
involved in partner notification.
Although GPs believed that partner notification was important, follow
up was infrequent. They believed (erroneously) that the Department
of Health would routinely undertake partner notification. Printable
resources for partner notification would be welcomed.
Partner notification is essential for best practice sexual health management and the interruption of transmission of infection. It aims to identify asymptomatic partners of infected people so that they can be tested and treated. If partner notification is performed well, it complements sexual health education and can help to bring about sustained behaviour change in people with a sexually transmissible infection (STI).1
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