Partner Notification: A Handbook for Designing and Implementing Programs and Services

Globally, about 60 percent of people living with HIV (PLHIV) know their status. Comprehensive HIV testing services, including partner notification (PN), are critical links into the HIV and AIDS treatment cascade and essential to achieving widespread testing of those at risk. Partner notification testing is a voluntary process whereby a trained provider, health worker, or counselor asks the index patient about potential exposures, including sexual partners, drug injecting partners, or the patient’s children.

This handbook was developed as a technical update on successful PN programs, offering a synthesis of best practices, models, challenges, and solutions that can be used to develop and implement effective PN programs. Practical steps to implement PN were developed based on this review. The intended audience is policymakers, program managers, health care workers, and trained providers who can use this guide to develop PN policies and implement programs tailored to the country environment.