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Sexually transmitted infections and under-18 conceptions: prevention [PH3]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Recommendation: 3

- Help patients with an STI to get their partners tested and treated (partner notification), when necessary. This support should be tailored to meet the patient's individual needs. - If necessary, refer patients to a specialist with responsibility for partner notification. (Partner notification may be undertaken by the health professional or by the patient.) - Provide the patient and their partners with infection-specific information, including advice about possible re-infection. For chlamydia infection, also consider providing a home sampling kit.

What was measured: Proportion of contactable contacts of people newly diagnosed with HIV who are tested at 3 months, reported by the index case or verified by a healthcare worker.
Data collection end: December 2017
72.8%
Area covered: UK
Source: British Association for Sexual Health and HIV National Audit Group. HIV partner notification audit.


Recommendation: 4

- Ensure that sexual health services, including contraceptive and abortion services, are in place to meet local needs. All services should include arrangements for the notification, testing, treatment and follow-up of partners of people who have an STI (partner notification). - Define the role and responsibility of each service in relation to partner notification (including referral pathways). - Ensure staff are trained. - Ensure there is an audit and monitoring framework in place.

What was measured: Proportion of sexual health/genitourinary medicine clinics with a contract/formal agreement to provide HIV partner notification.
Data collection end: December 2017
82.6%
Number that met the criteria: 123 / 149
Area covered: UK
Source: British Association for Sexual Health and HIV National Audit Group. HIV partner notification audit.



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