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Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e318193ca40

The Acceptance of HSV-Testing Partners of HSV-2 Seronegative Pregnant Women

Gardella, Carolyn MD, MPH*; Krantz, Elizabeth MS†; Daruthayan, Constance BS*; Drolette, Linda BS†; Corey, Lawrence MD†‡§; Wald, Anna MD, MPH†‡∥

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Objectives: To estimate the acceptance of HSV testing partners of HSV seronegative pregnant women and identify associated factors.

Study Design: Consecutive women identified as HSV-2 seronegative during routine testing in pregnancy were asked to invite their partners for HSV testing to identify serodiscordance. Logistic regression identified factors associated with partner testing.

Results: Between 2001 to 2006, 315 women enrolled (28% of those approached) and 242 (77%) partners were tested. Married couples were most likely to be tested [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) 7.72, 95% CI: 2.47–24.15]. Partners of black women (aOR 0.17, 95% CI: 0.04–0.71), and those with at least a college degree (aOR 0.43, 95% CI: 0.19–0.98) were less likely to be tested.

Conclusions: In this population, partner testing among HSV-2 seronegative women was feasible which supports further study to determine if identification of partners who pose a potential risk of HSV infection during pregnancy is an effective approach to reduce HSV acquisition in pregnant women.

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