Partner notification for HIV infection in the United Kingdom: a look back on seven years experience in Newcastle upon Tyne
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Objective-To examine the outcome of partner notification for HIV infection. Design-Retrospective analysis of medical, healthadviser 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.
... ner 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.