HIV Contact Tracing in Other Countries – Implementation and Efficacy of Various Strategies

Pei-Ling Liu, Yen-Fang Huang, An-Chi Lai, Chang-Hsun Chen

2013 Vol.29 NO.23

Correspondence Author: Pei-Ling Liu

  • Division of HIV/AIDS and TB, Centers for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan


       HIV contact tracing or partner notification refers to the process of identifying the contacts or sexual partners of an HIV-infected person and ensuring that they are aware of the exposure risk to the disease, so they can receive the counseling and testing services, and take safety measures to protect themselves and other people. As contact tracing may infringe on the patient’s privacy, it is difficult to carry out and requires a high level of knowledge, skills, and appropriate training. This paper compares the strategies and results of HIV contact tracing programs implemented in other countries, including USA, Britain and Australia. It is hoped that the information provided in this paper will help policy makers develop and promote HIV contact tracing in Taiwan.