Expedited Partner Therapy

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) is the clinical practice of providing individuals with medication or a prescription to deliver to their sexual partner(s) as presumptive treatment for a sexually transmitted infection (STI), without completing a clinical assessment of those partners. On January 1, 2020 Chapter 298 of the Laws of 2019 went into effect, expanding New York State Public Health Law §2312 to permit expedited treatment for STIs for which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of expedited therapy. Prior to this change, EPT was allowable in New York State for chlamydia only. The CDC currently includes EPT as an option for management of sex partner(s) for chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis), gonorrhea (N. Gonorrhoeae), and/or trichomoniasis (Trichomonas vaginalis) sexually transmitted bacterial infections.