Chlamydia: Do you know your patient's partner?

Couple in bed

Doctors who treat a patient for a chlamydia infection must record the contact details of their patient’s partner.

Under patient-delivered treatment, doctors must provide the patient with an azithromycin script for their sexual partner. This prevents the patient from becoming reinfected.  Since 2016, doctors have also been required to record the partner’s name and contact details in their medical notes. This trial was due to end on 1 January 2018.

However, the Health Practitioner Regulation (New South Wales) Amendment (Records of Partners) Regulation 2017 means this requirement will continue on a permanent basis.