What is partner notification or contact tracing?

If you test positive for Chlamydia and are accessing treatment via our service we have an obligation to discuss partner notification with you to reduce onward transmission to the wider public. Partner notification refers to contacting previous partners who have been at risk and asking them to test and/or take treatment. We will ask you about recent sexual partners and if they have accessed testing and/or treatment. You will be asked to contact these partners where possible to encourage them to attend a sexual health clinic or use our service. The SHL.UK clinical team are happy to assist you with partner notification and discuss ways of approaching your partner if you find this difficult. They can also anonymously inform your sexual contacts if you wish. It is particularly important to contact trace pregnant partners as having untreated STIs affects the health of the unborn child. Partner notification is important for all newly diagnosed STIs: for gonorrhoea, syphilis, HIV and Hepatitis B or C, the sexual health clinic will help manage the partner notification process.

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