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Safe, Effective Treatment for Your Patients and Their Sexual Partners (Pharmacists)

In 2014, the District of Columbia joined 35 states in adopting Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) to stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and improve the health of District residents. The new law permits health care providers who diagnose chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis to prescribe antibiotics for patients’ sexual partner(s) for treatment of the infection. The provider does not have to examine the partner for the prescription. The easier and faster delivery of a prescription and treatment to the patient’s partner(s) interrupts further transmission of the STD.