Partner therapy: an option we can’t afford to ignore

For every person we diagnose with an STI there is in all likelihood at least one other person out there waiting to be treated, and often waiting to re-infect the person we just treated.

Contact tracing, also known as partner notification, has therefore been a core part of sexual health care for many years. However surveys suggest this process remains confusing and time consuming for doctors to perform, especially in general practice.1

In this context the recent passage of Australia’s first legislation authorising the use of patient-delivered partner therapy (PDPT) for chlamydia is