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:
"A prescriber who is otherwise authorized to perform any of the activities listed in this section may prescribe or perform any of the following activities for a patient with whom the prescriber does not have a prescriber- patient relationship under the following circumstances: (i) If a prescriber makes a diagnosis of an infectious disease in a patient, prescribe or dispense antimicrobials to an individual who has been exposed to the infectious person in accordance with clinical guidelines.” Idaho Code Ann. § 54-1733 (2019).
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