Journal article

The right thing to do: patients' views and experiences of telling partners about chlamydia

Meredith Temple-Smith, Carol Hopkins, Christopher Fairley, Jane Tomnay, Natasha Pavlin, Rhian Parker, Darren Russell, Frank Bowden, Jane Hocking, Marian Pitts, Marcus Chen

Family Practice | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Partner notification for patients diagnosed with chlamydia is a strategy recommended to interrupt transmission of infection, and patients are commonly encouraged by health practitioners to contact their sexual partners themselves. Few studies, however, have ascertained the psychosocial impact of the chlamydia diagnosis and its effect on partner notification. METHODS: In-depth telephone interviews were conducted with 25 women and 15 men aged 18-55 years, diagnosed with chlamydia from clinics in Victoria, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland. Reactions to chlamydia diagnosis, as well as reasons for, and feelings about, telling their sexual partners about this infection were ..

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