Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)
Sex partners should be encouraged to be seen by a clinical provider, but if these individuals are unlikely to seek care in a timely manner, EPT should be prescribed. EPT is the practice of treating sex partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia and/or gonorrhea by providing a prescription or medications to the patient for his/her partner without a clinical examination of the partner.
Who is eligible?
- Heterosexual sex partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia and/or gonorrhea exposed within the prior 60 days
- EPT is not intended for use in men who have sex with men
- EPT has been shown to reduce reinfection rates and increase partner treatment
- EPT is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- EPT is permissible in Washington State and is provided cost-free by the Washington State Department of Health in partner packs
What is in a partner pack?
Each pack contains Azithromycin 1 gm (plus cefixime 400 mg for gonorrhea packets), allergy warning (English and Spanish), condoms, and information on gonorrhea and/or chlamydia.
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