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Partner notification for HIV infection in the United Kingdom: a look back on seven years experience in Newcastle upon Tyne.


Genitourin Med. 1993 Apr;69(2):94-7. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

OBJECTIVE--To examine the outcome of partner notification for HIV infection. DESIGN--Retrospective analysis of medical, health adviser and counsellor records. SETTING--Teaching hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. PATIENTS--All newly diagnosed cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and their sexual partners. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES--Attendance of contact at genitourinary medicine clinics for counselling and testing. Seropositivity rate of people attending as a result of partner notification. RESULTS--Of the 80 partners attending as a result of partner notification 79 were tested. Twenty-five of these (31.6%) were seropositive. This was 21.9% of our newly diagnosed caseload. Seventy-five attended following patient referral and five as a result of provider referral. Discrepancies between districts in policies of provider referral prevented two partners being notified. CONCLUSIONS--Partner notification is an effective method of ensuring that people with a very high risk of HIV infection have access to counselling and medical care. Complete integration of notification services throughout the UK is required.

*Contact Tracing Counseling England/EPIDEMIOLOGY Female Homosexuality Human HIV Infections/*EPIDEMIOLOGY HIV Seropositivity/EPIDEMIOLOGY Incidence Male Retrospective Studies JOURNAL ARTICLE


Information in this article was accurate in September 30, 1993. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.