Experiences and Outcomes of Partner Notification Among Men and Women Recently Diagnosed With Chlamydia and Their Views on Innovative Resources Aimed at Improving Notification Rates Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • OBJECTIVE: To describe the partner notification experiences of individuals diagnosed with chlamydia and to determine what supports might best assist them. GOAL: To determine what supports might best assist chlamydia infected individuals to notify their partners. STUDY DESIGN: A telephone survey was undertaken with men and women recently diagnosed with chlamydia across 3 Australian jurisdictions between August 2007 and January 2008. RESULTS: Of the 286 individuals who agreed to be contacted about the study, 202 (71%) completed the survey. Twenty-three percent (333/1458) of recent partners were notified: men who had sex with men (MSM) notified 15% (133/880) of their partners, heterosexual men 31% (114/370), and women 46% (86/188) of their partners (P < 0.001). Overall, 84% (169/202) of individuals notified at least one partner. The main reasons for informing partners were out of concern for them (44%) or because it was considered "the right thing to do" (37%). The preferred methods for contacting partners were telephone (52%) and face-to-face (30%). E-mail (8%) and short message service (SMS) (11%) were less commonly used; however, if offered a website with anonymous e-mail and SMS services, nearly half of individuals indicated they would find this useful. Of those who had not informed all partners with known contact details (n = 94), 34% reported that if web-based tools were available they would have contacted more partners. Over half of participants would like to have been given antibiotics to give to their partner. CONCLUSION: The availability of tailored resources may assist in improving partner notification for chlamydia.

authors

  • Bilardi, Jade E
  • Fairley, Christopher K
  • Hopkins, Carol A
  • Hocking, Jane S
  • Temple-Smith, Meredith J
  • Bowden, Francis J
  • Russell, Darren B
  • Pitts, Marian
  • Tomnay, Jane E
  • Parker, Rhian M
  • Pavlin, Natasha L
  • Chen, Marcus Y

publication date

  • February 2010