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

Guidance:

  • 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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Resources

For more information about EPT

Washington State EPT Website

Washington State EPT Guidelines
 

For more information about STD management

CDC 2015 Treatment Guidelines