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Improved contact tracing for Chlamydia trachomatis with experienced tracers, tracing for one year back in time and interviewing by phone in remote areas
Univ Hosp, Dept Publ Hlth, SE-90185 Umeå, Sweden / Univ Hosp, Dept Clin Med, SE-90185 Umeå, Sweden / Univ Hosp, Dept Dermatol & Venerol, SE-90185 Umeå, Sweden.
Univ Hosp, Dept Clin Microbiol & Virol, Umeå, Sweden.
Sunderby Hosp, Luleå, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
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2008 (English)In: Sexually Transmitted Infections, ISSN 1368-4973, E-ISSN 1472-3263, Vol. 84, no 3, 239-242 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: To evaluate the Swedish model for contact tracing and especiallythe "Västerbotten model" with centralised, extended contactinterview periods, sometimes by telephone.

Methods: Using questionnaires, the contact tracing and interview procedurewas evaluated during 2002, followed by an evaluation of contactinterviewing by phone in 2005–6.

Results: Patients with diagnosed Chlamydia trachomatis infection reportedon average 2.5 sexual contacts, 3.0 contacts when contact interviewingwas performed at the clinic, and 2.3 contacts when performedby phone. 65% of the sexual contacts with a known test resultwere infected.

Conclusion: Centralised contact tracing, exploring the sexual history forat least 12 months back in time, shows good results. Combinedwith screening of certain risk groups it is probably one effectiveway of preventing C trachomatis infections. Preventing C trachomatisby primary prevention such as information and counselling is,however, still of great importance.

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BMJ publishing , 2008. Vol. 84, no 3, 239-242 p.
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Infectious Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-2722DOI: 10.1136/sti.2007.028068ISI: 000256206600024PubMedID: 18216154Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-45549092505OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-2722DiVA: diva2:160023
Available from: 2009-02-11 Created: 2009-02-11 Last updated: 2012-11-27Bibliographically approved

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