Partner notification of sexual transmitted infections at a health facility in Vhembe District, Limpopo Province: women experiences

  • M.S. Maputle
  • R.T. Lebese
Keywords: Partner notification, Sexually Transmitted Infections, female partners, patient referral, provider referral

Abstract

Partner Notification (PN) for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has been recommended to interrupt transmission of infections, prevent potential re-infection, and prevent complications. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences of rural female partners of PN for STIs at Vhembe district in Limpopo Province. A qualitative, exploratory and descriptive design was used. Population included ten women who were diagnosed with STIs, and consented to participate. Data were collected through unstructured in-depth interviews at participant’s home. Probing as a communication skill to elicit more information was used. Data were analysed by an open–coding method. Findings revealed one theme namely; notifying the partner about exposure and sub-themes namely; experiences and views regarding PN for STIs and preferred method of PN. Recommendations were; provide an opportunity for clients to make informed choices, provision of client-oriented counselling, ensuring adequate privacy and confidentiality and consideration of cultural factors when motivating for PN.

Keywords: Partner notification, Sexually Transmitted Infections, female partners, patient referral, provider referral

Published
2019-05-24

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