Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) is one method some clinicians use to address sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.


Expedited partner therapy involves the antibiotic therapy of a sexual partner for a patient with a sexually transmitted disease without a personal assessment by a health care provider.


Methods of providing drugs to the patient:

(1) patient-delivered partner therapy (PTDT): provider gives the partner additional doses of drug that are to be given to the partner

(2) provide a prescription for the partner in the patient's name

(3) double the number of drug doses on the patient's prescription with the understanding that half will be given to the partner

(4) non-prescriptive arrangement with a cooperating pharmacy

(5) retrieval of medication by the partner at a public health clinic

(6) delivery of medications by a public health worker to the partner


The use of EPT is illegal or restricted in many states and may involve fraud.


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