Discuss partner management

Discuss partner management

Sexual partners from the previous six months should be notified. 

Quick guide for best practice chlamydia case management

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Why notify sexual partners?

Notifying sexual partners helps to prevent ongoing transmission and to prevent reinfection in the index case.1 It is likely that the regular partner of the index case is infected with chlamydia.2 

Strategies for partner management

Patients often opt for telling their partners themselves. A simple message is often best, for example: 
Hey, my chlamydia test is positive and you might have it too. You should head to your GP for a STI test. Sorry to give you this news but I thought it was better that you knew.

Provide patients with a factsheet (click here for one) about chlamydia to help them with the conversation, or to give to their partners. 

Patients can also use anonymous notification tools. These are: 
Patient delivered partner therapy (PDPT) might be an option for your index case

PDPT is useful for heterosexual patients with anogenital or oropharyngeal chlamydia whose partners are unable or unlikely to seek care themselves.3 Regulations for PDPT vary from state to state, and GPs should check their local regulations with their relevant health department.  Click here for more information about PDPT

Intimate partner violence and partner notification

If there are concerns about partner violence, contact specialist sexual health clinics or public health units directly for advice regarding partner notification. Refer to the RACGP White Book (Abuse and violence: Working with our patients in general practice) for further information. 1800RESPECT also has information, counselling and support services for the general public.

Tricky questions

Chlamydia infections can sometimes bring up some tricky issues for the patient. Below are some suggestions for answers to some questions that may arise. You can also read more about chlamydia infections here.

 Q and As

Patient resources for partner management

For a patient factsheet about chlamydia, including information about telling partners and answers to tricky questions

Chlamydia Factsheet

For all patient resources, click below

Patient Resources

GP resources for partner management

For all GP resources, click below

GP Resources

Key guidelines for chlamydia case management

For who and when to test, including in specific populations

RACGP Red Book Guidelines for Preventive Activities in General Practice (9th Edition, updated 2018).

For information about the entire chlamydia case management pathway, including guidance on partner management

Australian STI Management Guidelines (updated March 2018) and Australasian Contact Tracing Guidelines (updated 2016).

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References
1. Unemo M, Bradshaw CS, Hocking JS, et al. Sexually transmitted infections: challenges ahead. Lancet Infect Dis. 2017;17(8):e235-e79. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28701272
2. Huffam S, Chow EPF, Leeyaphan C, et al. Chlamydia Infection Between Men and Women: A Cross-Sectional Study of Heterosexual Partnerships. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017;4(3). Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28979921
3. Australasian Society for HIV Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine. Australasian Contact Tracing Guidelines 2016 [updated 2016; cited 2019 31st January]. Available from: http://contacttracing.ashm.org.au/contact-tracing-guidance/patient-delivered-partner-therapy

MoCCA is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (APP1150014) and is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne and our project investigators and partner organisations. Click here for a list of our collaborators.

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