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Together, the Community Guide and the Clinical Guide provide evidence-based recommendations across the prevention spectrum.


Preventing HIV/AIDS, Other STIs, and Teen Pregnancy: Partner Counseling and Referral Services

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Partner counseling and referral services are part of the spectrum of care for HIV-positive people and their sexual or needle-sharing partners. Referral includes notifying partners of exposure, after which they are encouraged to be tested and, if positive, receive prevention or risk reduction counseling as well as care.

Task Force Recommendations and Findings

This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review.

Intervention Task Force Finding
Interventions to Identify HIV-Positive People Through Partner Counseling and Referral Services
Partner Notification by Provider Referral Recommended
February 2005
Partner Notification by Contract Referral Insufficient Evidence
February 2005
Partner Notification by Patient Referral Insufficient Evidence
February 2005


The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.

Sample Citation

The content of publications of the Guide to Community Preventive Services is in the public domain. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated. Sample citation: Guide to Community Preventive Services. Preventing HIV/AIDS, other STIs, and teen pregnancy: partner counseling and referral services. Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.