Partner Notification – Characterization of the Population and Preferences of 100 Consecutive Patients of the Venereology Consultation in a Portuguese Hospital

  • Alexandre Miroux-Catarino Médico Interno de Dermatovenereologia/Resident of Dermatology and Venereology, Serviço de Dermatologia, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental, Lisboa, Portugal
  • João Borges-Costa Assistente Hospitalar de Dermatovenereologia / Consultant, Dermatology and Venereology, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte; Professor Auxiliar Convidado de Dermatologia e Venereologia / Associated Professor, Dermatology and Venereology, Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa; Professor Auxiliar Convidado de Microbiologia / Professor, Microbiology, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Keywords: Referral and Consultation, Sexual Behavior, Sexual Partners, Sexually Transmitted Diseases


Introduction: Partner notification plays a key role in the epidemiological control of the increasingly frequent sexually transmitted infections (STI).

Material and Methods: One hundred consecutive patients from the Venereology consultation of the Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon answered a questionnaire on notification of partners.

Results: Forty three of the individuals had a previous history of STI, 25 of which had a previous diagnosis of HIV infection. Sixty-four patients said that they informed their partners about the diagnosis. Of those who did not inform, 50% no longer have contact with the partners and 36% consider that was not important. Regarding partner notification methods: 98% found appropriate to bring a leaflet about the disease to the partners; 72% would agree to give a consultation authorization to the partner, 58% considered that taking the medication directly to the partner would be an option, 58% thought appropriate that the partner's family doctor call them for a consultation; and 42% considered appropriate to send an email or mobile message.

Discussion: The high percentage a previous STI diagnosis suggests this is a group of individuals with the highest risk of STI transmission. A high percentage (36%) of those who did not inform the partners felt that it would not be important, which may reveal a failure of communication from the health professional. The method considered the most suitable was passive reporting.

Conclusion: It is necessary to improve effective partner notification at it is highly needed to reduce the incidence of STI.


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How to Cite
Miroux-Catarino, A., & Borges-Costa, J. (2018). Partner Notification – Characterization of the Population and Preferences of 100 Consecutive Patients of the Venereology Consultation in a Portuguese Hospital. Journal of the Portuguese Society of Dermatology and Venereology, 76(2), 151-156.
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