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Sex Transm Dis. 2009 Apr;36(4):211-5. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e318193ca40.

The acceptance of HSV-testing partners of HSV-2 seronegative pregnant women.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. cgardel@u.washington.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To estimate the acceptance of HSV testing partners of HSV seronegative pregnant women and identify associated factors.

STUDY DESIGN:

Consecutive women identified as HSV-2 seronegative during routine testing in pregnancy were asked to invite their partners for HSV testing to identify serodiscordance. Logistic regression identified factors associated with partner testing.

RESULTS:

Between 2001 to 2006, 315 women enrolled (28% of those approached) and 242 (77%) partners were tested. Married couples were most likely to be tested [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) 7.72, 95% CI: 2.47-24.15]. Partners of black women (aOR 0.17, 95% CI: 0.04-0.71), and those with at least a college degree (aOR 0.43, 95% CI: 0.19-0.98) were less likely to be tested.

CONCLUSIONS:

In this population, partner testing among HSV-2 seronegative women was feasible which supports further study to determine if identification of partners who pose a potential risk of HSV infection during pregnancy is an effective approach to reduce HSV acquisition in pregnant women.

PMID:
19265731
PMCID:
PMC2850814
DOI:
10.1097/OLQ.0b013e318193ca40
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