Partner notification is crucial to the effective control of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and has not changed substantially over recent years. New technology for communication has been rapidly adopted in our communities but little work has been carried out about its role in contact tracing. Text messaging, emails and the Internet could be useful tools for both provider and patient referral but considerable ethical considerations are involved. Technology is available to help protect the basic tenets of confidentiality and privacy but more thorough exploration of these methods is required to establish efficacy and appropriateness in contact tracing. This research is important if we are to procure an evidence base for future contact tracing strategies rather than allowing these methods to become commonplace at the initiation of our clients.
- Contact tracing