European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) guidance issued this week says that notification and management of partners of those with chlamydia should form an essential part of case management.
Consideration should also be given to providing partners with home testing kits or antibiotics for treatment, the guidelines say.
The ECDC reviewed chlamydia control activities in 29 European countries and found wide variation in the provision of services.
The centre believes that surveillance of chlamydia prevalence and treatment across Europe needs to improve.
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