Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)
All partners of patients who test positive for Chlamydia or Gonorrhea should be treated as if they are infected. If a physician takes responsibility to ensure partner treatment, the provider should examine and treat all of the persons the patient had sex with in the 60 days prior to the date the patient was tested. If this is not possible to examine and treat sex partners in-person, patients may be given medication to give to their sex partners. This is called Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT). More information about EPT, including the efficacy of EPT, can be found at the CDC's website:
EPT is permissible in Idaho. Statute states that if a prescriber makes a diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease in a patient, the prescriber may prescribe or dispense antibiotics to the infected patient’s named sexual partner or partners for treatment of the sexually transmitted disease as recommended by the most current centers for disease control and prevention (CDC) guidelines.” Idaho Code Ann. § 54-1733 (2012).
Click link below to view the National Coalition of STD Director’s EPT Factsheet: http://www.ncsddc.org/sites/default/files/printable_ept_fact_sheet_1.pdf