Partner notification for sexually transmitted diseases in Peru: knowledge, attitudes, and practices in a high-risk community

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From: Sexually Transmitted Diseases(Vol. 34, Issue 5)
Publisher: American Venereal Disease Association
Document Type: Author abstract
Length: 166 words

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Objectives: Notification and treatment of sex partners after diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) is essential to reduce reinfection and further transmission. Goal: The goal of this study was to determine the prevalence of partner notification and subsequent health-seeking behavior in a high-risk population in Lima, Peru. Study Design: STD-infected participants of an HIV/STD prevention trial completed a questionnaire concerning partner notification. Results: Of the 502 STD-positive subjects, 287 completed the survey. Among survey participants, 65% informed their primary partner and 10.5% informed casual or anonymous partners. Reasons for failure to notify varied by partner type and included not understanding the importance of partner notification, embarrassment, fear of rejection, and inability to locate the partner. When notified, approximately one third of all partners sought medical attention. Conclusions: Partner notification in Peru is limited by relationship dynamics, social stigma, and limited contact information. Interventions could emphasize the importance of notification, improvement of communication skills, and introduce contact tracing programs (including Internet-based systems) and expedited partner therapy.

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