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Doctors Fail Chlamydia Follow-ups

Published torsdag 28 augusti 2008 kl 10.53

Healthcare workers and doctors are under attack for not following up patients diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia.

According to regulations set up by the National Board of Health and Welfare, doctors are expected to track down an infected person’s sexual partners and call them in for tests.

However, although the National Board of Health and Welfare distributed a handbook on correct procedures, it appears that at least seven STD clinics have not followed the rules.

Anders Alexandersson, a lawyer with the National Board of Health and Welfare, told Swedish Radio that the clinics fell short of efficient routines for screening and follow-ups.

According to the law, each council is responsible for following up those patients affected by STDs including HIV, Chlamydia and hepatitis, and to contact all of their partners in order to avoid further infection.

Chlamydia infections are currently at an all-time high in Sweden.

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