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