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Spring 2008, Vol. 16 No. 1

Hong Kong J. Dermatol. Venereol. (2008) 16, 5-11


Original Article

Partner notification for gonorrhoea in Hong Kong

KHN Chan 陳厚毅, KM Ho 何景文, KK Lo 盧乾剛

Abstract
Partner notification (PN) has been used to control the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in Hong Kong. A multi-centre prospective study was carried out to determine the effectiveness of PN in gonorrhoea patients diagnosed in Social Hygiene Service. Eight hundred and twelve patients were newly diagnosed with gonorrhoea in the six month study period. The proportion of outstanding contacts screened was 10.0%, while the proportion of patient referral which resulted in verified contact attendance was 52.8%. The proportion of elicited partners who were newly diagnosed was 30% and the brought-to-treatment index was 16%. This study showed that the efficacy of PN system for gonorrhoea patients adopted by Social Hygiene Service was comparable to international standard.