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AIDS Behav. 2012 Jul;16(5):1148-55. doi: 10.1007/s10461-011-0094-9.

Predicting partner HIV testing and counseling following a partner notification intervention.

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Department of Epidemiology, CB#7435, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435, USA.


Provider-assisted methods of partner notification increase testing and counseling among sexual partners of patients diagnosed with HIV, however they are resource-intensive. The sexual partners of individuals enrolled in a clinical trial comparing different methods of HIV partner notification were analyzed to identify who was unlikely to seek testing on their own. Unconditional logistic regression was used to identify partnership characteristics, which were assigned a score based on their coefficient in the final model, and a risk score was calculated for each participant. The risk score included male partner sex, relationship duration 6-24 months, and index education > primary. A risk score of ≥ 2 had a sensitivity of 68% and specificity of 78% in identifying partners unlikely to seek testing on their own. A risk score to target partner notification can reduce the resources required to locate all partners in the community while increasing the testing yield compared to patient-referral.

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