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Table 1 Management of sexual partners of pregnant women with syphilis in primary care: Different positions of the interviewees

From: Management of sexual partners of pregnant women with syphilis in northeastern Brazil – a qualitative study

Themes Coordinators Health Professionals Pregnant Women Sexual Partners
Partner Notification Left the partner notification strategy for health professionals Did not feel prepared to notify the partner
Did not adopt the strategies recommended by the MoH
Held women accountable for partner notification
Felt insecure to notify the partner
Considered professional help to disclose the diagnosis was important
Difficulty in understanding the information passed on by the pregnant woman and the importance of attending the center
Testing Difficulty in implementing the rapid test during antenatal care
Difficulty in collecting biological material for VDRL on a daily basis
They did not perform the rapid test during antenatal consultations because doing so would extend the duration of the consultation Difficulties in being tested and in receiving VDRL test results
Did not perform serological tests to follow-up
Treatment Do not implement syphilis treatment in the center for fear of anaphylactic reaction Did not deliver treatment in the center for fear of anaphylactic reaction
Missed follow-up and control of the doses administered
Attended more distant centers to receive treatment
Long queues for treatment in a center of greater complexity and Exposure to situations of embarrassment