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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology - Volume 2014 2014, Article ID 619632, 9 pages -

Research Article

Division of Family Planning, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University, 49 Jesse Hill Jr., Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA

Division of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, Ohio State University, 324 Cunz Hall, 1841 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210, USA

Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, Mail Stop K-34, Atlanta, GA 30341-3724, USA

Received 13 October 2014; Accepted 9 December 2014; Published 25 December 2014

Academic Editor: Susan Cu-Uvin

Copyright © 2014 Anna Buchsbaum et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To better understand preferences and practices regarding partner notification of sexually transmitted infection STI among female, African-American adolescents. Methods. Participants completed a questionnaire and STI testing at baseline. Those diagnosed with Chlamydia or gonorrhea were recruited for a follow-up study, involving another questionnaire and repeat STI testing after three months. Results. At baseline, most participants 85.1% preferred to tell their partner about an STI diagnosis themselves instead of having a health care provider inform him, and 71.0% preferred to bring their partner for clinic treatment instead of giving him pills or a prescription. Two-thirds of participants were classified as having high self-efficacy for partner notification of a positive STI diagnosis. In the multivariable analysis, older participants and those with fewer lifetime sexual partners were more likely to have high self-efficacy. Ninety-three participants 26.6% had Chlamydia or gonorrhea and, of this subset, 55 participated in the follow-up study. Most adolescents in the follow-up study 76.4% notified their partner about their infection. Conclusion. Although participants were willing to use most methods of partner notification, most preferred to tell partners themselves and few preferred expedited partner therapy. Traditional methods for partner notification and treatment may not be adequate for all adolescents in this population.

Autor: Anna Buchsbaum, Maria F. Gallo, Maura K. Whiteman, Carrie Cwiak, Peggy Goedken, Joan Marie Kraft, Denise J. Jamieson, and M



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