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Expedited Partner Therapy

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)

Jan. 14, 2017

Examine and treat all the patient’s sex partners from the previous 60 days.

If this is not possible, offer medication to all sex partners whom patient is able to contact.

Expedited Partner Therapy provides for the treatment of sex partners of infected individuals without requiring partners to be tested or seen by healthcare providers.

Gonorrhea EPT provides second-line therapy. Therefore patients taking only these oral meds should get a test of cure at the infected site 10–14 days after treatment. For more information, see the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines Update.

Free medication for your patient’s partner(s) is available from participating pharmacies only. A prescription EPT Fax form is needed and participating pharmacies are listed on the form.

Men Who Have Sex with Men

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) is intended for partners of lab confirmed heterosexual cases.

EPT isn’t appropriate for partners of men who have sex with men (MSM). Site specific testing is required for all MSM partners prior to any STD treatment due to their high risk of having other STDs including HIV. MSM partners not tested and treated will be contacted by the Health Dept about proper, site specific testing and treatment.

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