There is increasing UK interest in Mycoplasma genitalium(MG) testing of clinic attendees where indicated. Partner notification(PN) is a crucial part of STI management but as yet no national performance standards specific to MG have been defined.Methods
Case note review of all MG cases at our clinic from December 2015 to November 2016. Data collected on the four PN outcomes outlined in the 2012 BASHH statement on PN for STIs.Results
114 cases were identified. Mean age 28.5, 82(71.9%) male of whom 36(43.9%) MSM. The proportion of cases with a PN discussion documented (83.3% [95% CI 75.2–89.6]) and the proportion of cases with an outcome of agreed contact action(s) documented (78.1% [95% CI 69.4–85.3]) were both lower than the national standard of 97.0% (p<0.0001).Results
There were 0.22 (95% CI 0.17–0.28) contacts per index case whose attendance at a sexual health service for treatment was reported by the index case and 0.19 (95% CI 0.14–0.24) contacts per index case in which a healthcare worker verified treatment. Performance was lower than the national standard of 0.60(p<0.0001), and inferior to local chlamydial and gonorrhoeal PN data, 0.6 and 0.5 contacts per index case reported treated respectively. Performance across all PN outcomes was worse for men than for women.Discussion
PN for MG at our clinic falls below local and national standards for other STIs. Contributory factors may include poor documentation, absence of national guidance for MG PN performance standards and lack of patients’ appreciation of the importance of MG as an STI.