STI Notification

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Partner Notification

Ensuring partners are tested and treated is an important way of controlling the spread of infection. Sexual partners of individuals who have a positive test forchlamydia, Mycoplasma genitalium, gonorrhoea, syphilis or trichomonas should be treated as well as tested for infection.

 

 

Which partners should be notified for testing and treatment?

 

  • This is a difficult question, and one needs to be guided by the sexual history.  MSHC suggests contacting any unprotected sex partner from the past 3-6 months OR if there have been no partners during that period, then the most recent sexual partner.
  • If the individual is asymptomatic, these infections may persist for many months.
  • It is better to err on the side of treating too many rather than too few partners.
  • Sometimes the sexual history will indicate a likely source partner.

MSHC has developed an online resource to assist people who have been diagnosed with an STI inform their partners. Our website: www.letthemknow.org.au This website can be used to send an email or text message, which can be anonymous, to partners informing them of their exposure.

Sometimes patients do not feel comfortable telling their partners or using letthemknow and prefer to use the Partner Notification Officers (otherwise known as Contact Tracers). The Partner Notification Officers are employed by the Department of Health, Victoria to assist in contacting partners in situations where the patient/client is unable to do so.
This is done in a confidential manner and the name of your patient/client is not required. The Partner Notification Officers may be contacted directly on 9096 3367 or via MSHC. Refer to the Contact Us page for further details.

The Department of Health, Victoria has released updated "Guidelines for the management in Victoria of people living with HIV who put others at risk May 2012” The aim of the guidelines, which have been endorsed by the Chief Health Officer, is to assist staff working with individuals whose behaviour may expose others to the risk of HIV transmission.

 

Government Notification and Surveillance Forms for Notifiable Conditions

Department of Health Victoria has comprehensive guidelines regarding notification and required forms available on their website
Below are links to some of the relevant Department of Health Victoria notification and surveillance forms.

 


Privacy

The Health Records Act 2001

The Health Records Act 2001 (HRA) aims to protect the privacy of an individual’s health information and how this information is managed. The Act applies to the Victorian Government sector, Victorian Government funded services, private health services within Victoria and any other organisations within Victoria that hold health information.


Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 2001

Under the Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 2001, doctors and laboratories are required by law to notify the Department of Human Services of diagnoses of specified infectious diseases.  The Regulations stipulate the information that must be provided.  This includes demographic data, clinical history, the disease diagnosed, risk factors, suspected modes of transmission and clinical comments.



Click below to view Privacy Fact Sheets for doctors and clients.

Privacy Fact Sheet for Doctors (PDF)

Privacy Fact Sheet for Clients (PDF)