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.