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Int J STD AIDS. 1994 Jul-Aug;5(4):244-7.

Chlamydial ocular infection: efficacy of partner notification by patient referral.

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Diagnostic clinic, Moorfield's Eye Hospital, London, UK.


Records on 254 patients with chlamydial ocular infection observed over a period of 67 months at the Moorfield's Eye Hospital were reviewed retrospectively in relation to sexual partners in the 6 months prior to diagnosis. Contactable partners were given an appointment through index patients to attend our clinic. Those unable to attend were issued contact slips, as used by the sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics in the United Kingdom, to attend elsewhere: 175/328 (53%) of all partners were seen in our clinic: 161/218 (74%) of current regular partners compared to only 7/57 (12%) of ex-regular and 7/53 (13%) of casual partners. However, of those given appointments 175/201 (87%) attended: 161/179 (90%) of current regular, 7/14 (50%) of ex-regular and 7/8 (88%) of casual partners. Seventy of 328 (21%) of all partners were issued contact slips, of whom 47/70 (67%) were reported to have attended elsewhere. No contact slips were returned by other clinics, indicating a failure in the contact slip system. Thirty-five of 53 (66%) of casual, 22/57 (39%) of ex-regular and none of the current regular partners were untraceable. One hundred and five of 196 (54%) female partners were examined, of whom 59/105 (56%) had chlamydial genital infection, 45/105 (43%) had other genital infections and 35/105 (33%) had multiple genital infections. Seventy of 132 (53%) male partners were examined, of whom 58/70 (83%) had chlamydial or non-specific urethritis, 5/70 (7%) had other genital infections and 4/70 (6%) had multiple genital infections. Partner notification is important to interrupt chlamydia transmission.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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