Should you test or treat partners of patients with gonorrhea, chlamydia, or trichomoniasis?

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Should you test or treat partners of patients with gonorrhea, chlamydia, or trichomoniasis?

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Title: Should you test or treat partners of patients with gonorrhea, chlamydia, or trichomoniasis?
Author: Saperstein, Adam K.; Firnhaber, Gina Cahoon
Keywords: sexually transmitted disease
partner therapy
index patient
Date: 2010-01
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 59(1) 2010: 46+.
Abstract: Empiric treatment of partners of female or heterosexual male patients diagnosed with gonorrhea or chlamydia using expedited partner therapy (having the index patient deliver therapy to the partner) decreases the risk of persistent or recurrent infection in the index patient (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, metaanalysis). The effect is greater for gonorrhea than chlamydia. By contrast, expedited partner therapy for trichomoniasis appears equivalent to a test-first approach (SOR: B, single randomized controlled trial [RCT]).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/4218

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