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Priorities in the implementation of partner services for HIV/STIs in high-income nations: a narrative review of evidence and recommendations

Golden, MR; Gibbs, J; Woodward, C; Estcourt, CS; (2022) Priorities in the implementation of partner services for HIV/STIs in high-income nations: a narrative review of evidence and recommendations. Sexual Health , 19 (4) pp. 309-318. 10.1071/SH22060. Green open access

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Abstract

Partner notification (PN) remains a crucial prevention tool to reduce sexually transmitted infection (STI) transmission and prevent STI-related morbidity. Although there have been a variety of different approaches taken to facilitate the notification, testing and management of sexual contacts of STIs and HIV, there is an increasing acknowledgement that these interventions are unscalable and have relatively little impact on disease transmission. At the same time, an expanding body of evidence supports a shift in the emphasis of STI outreach-related work from an exclusive focus on PN to an approach that incorporates epidemiologic data collection, case management, and PN, an approach that is sometimes called partner services (PS). In this review, we appraise the current evidence base for different PN interventions for STIs in high-income nations, make recommendations for best practices, present a schema for how public health programs might prioritise PS for different programs, and identify priority research questions related to PN.

Type: Article
Title: Priorities in the implementation of partner services for HIV/STIs in high-income nations: a narrative review of evidence and recommendations
Location: Australia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1071/SH22060
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1071/SH22060
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s) (or their employer(s)). Published by CSIRO Publishing. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND)
Keywords: Contact Tracing, Developed Countries, HIV Infections, Humans, Income, Sexual Behavior, Sexual Partners, Sexually Transmitted Diseases
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10163767
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