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Contact tracing in primary care.




 

Annu Conf Australas Soc HIV Med. 1995 Nov 16-19;7:119 (abstract no.

Contact tracing is an essential component of HIV care and management. It offers the obvious benefits of early intervention and treatment for those infected "contacts" and preventative education and counselling for those who remain uninfected. However, often overlooked are the benefits that open discussion of "contacts/partners" can provide for the patient with HIV. Where patient referral is appropriate, we can encourage discussion of their fears and concerns, anticipate possible 'partner' reactions and provide support and information. Where patient referral is inappropriate, we can discuss options available for the notification of partners, whilst maintaining privacy and confidentiality of all concerned. In addition to these standard functions, contact tracing must be understood as having prospective and retrospective components. Such components will be shown to be essential in the long-term health maintenance of a person with HIV. This presentation will provide valuable information on the practicalities of contact tracing for practitioners involved in the primary care of persons with HIV. Topics covered will include: Short & Long-Term Management. Practical Hints for Informing Contacts. Partner Notification - "partner to partner". Legal/Ethical obligations. When "Slip-ups" occur. Guilt in Long-Term Survivors.

Confidentiality *Contact Tracing Counseling Female Human HIV Infections/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/THERAPY/*TRANSMISSION Male *Primary Health Care Sexual Partners ABSTRACT



 




Information in this article was accurate in December 30, 1996. 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.