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Effectiveness of a Pilot Partner Notification Program for New HIV Cases in Barcelona, Spain.

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dc.contributor.author Garcia de Olalla, Patricia
dc.contributor.author Molas, Ema
dc.contributor.author Barberà, María Jesús
dc.contributor.author Martín, Silvia
dc.contributor.author Arellano, Encarnació
dc.contributor.author Gosch, Mercè
dc.contributor.author Saladie, Pilar
dc.contributor.author Carbonell, Teresa
dc.contributor.author Knobel Freud, Hernando
dc.contributor.author Díez, Elia
dc.contributor.author Caylà i Busqueras, Joan A.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-25T09:01:03Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-25T09:01:03Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Garcia de Olalla P, Molas E, Barberà MJ, Martín S, Arellano E, Gosch M. et al. Effectiveness of a Pilot Partner Notification Program for New HIV Cases in Barcelona, Spain. PLoS One. 2015 Apr 7;10(4):e0121536. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121536. eCollection 2015.
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/23639
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: An estimated 30% of HIV cases in the European Union are not aware of their serological status. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of a pilot HIV partner notification program. METHODS: HIV cases diagnosed between January 2012 and June 2013 at two healthcare settings in Barcelona were invited to participate in a prospective survey. We identified process and outcome measures to evaluate this partner notification program, including the number of partners identified per interviewed index case, the proportion of partners tested for HIV as a result of the partner notification, and the proportion of new HIV diagnoses among their sex or needle-sharing partners. RESULTS: Of the 125 index cases contacted, 108 (86.4%) agreed to provide information about partners. A total of 199 sexual partners were identified (1.8 partners per interviewed index case). HIV outcome was already known for 58 partners (70.7% were known to be HIV-positive), 141 partners were tested as result of partner notification, and 26 were newly diagnosed with HIV. The case-finding effectiveness of the program was 18.4%. CONCLUSION: This pilot program provides evidence of the effectiveness of a partner notification program implemented in healthcare settings. This active partner notification program was feasible, acceptable to the user, and identified a high proportion of HIV-infected patients previously unaware of their status.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Public Library of Science
dc.rights © 2015 Garcia de Olalla et al. This is anopen access article distributed under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in an ymedium, provided the original author and source arecredited.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject.other VIH (Virus)
dc.title Effectiveness of a Pilot Partner Notification Program for New HIV Cases in Barcelona, Spain.
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