In some states, patients who test positive for Chlamydia or Gonorrhea will get the prescriptions for themselves as well as their sexual partners.
EPT is the delivery of medications or prescriptions by persons infected with an STD to their sex partners without clinical assessment of the partners.
This EPT or expedited partner therapy has been allowed by 38 states across the United States as a public health measure, which advocates say goes a long way in preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
According to the statistical research conducted by University of Michigan, the states with the most permissible EPT laws will have most success rate in fighting STDs
Researchers analyzed, Chlamydia cases between the year 2000 – 2013 and found that the states with prohibitive EPT legislation have higher reported cases of Chlamydia compared to the states where EPT is allowed.
Lead author Okeoma Mmeje, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Michigan Medicine said that to most effectively treat and prevent STDs, we have to consider both the infected patient and his or her partners equally. He also stated about the social, economical, emotional barriers preventing the partner to visit the std testing center even if it is nearby. Thus, allowing doctors to treat both patients and their partners in this way has proven to be effective at preventing reinfection and the spread of infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.
EPT is permitted in 39 states and they are as follows:
WyomingEPT is permissible in the District of Columbia. Alabama
VirginiaEPT is potentially allowable in Puerto Rico. Kentucky
EPT is potentially allowable in 8 states