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