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What is Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)?
Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT), also called patient-delivered partner therapy, is the clinical practice of treating the heterosexual sex partner(s) of patients diagnosed with chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis) or gonorrhea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae). Healthcare providers practice EPT by giving their patients that are diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea antibiotics or an antibiotic prescription to then give to their heterosexual sex partner(s) without first evaluating the partner(s). This practice is recommended if it is unlikely that the sex partner(s) will seek timely evaluation and treatment.

Is EPT legal in New Hampshire?

Yes. Under NH law RSA 141-C:15-a, EPT is allowable and explicitly legal in NH. This law went into effect May 9, 2017.

Why is EPT important?
EPT decreases rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea reinfection by increasing the number of sex partners appropriately treated for chlamydia and/or gonorrhea. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is promoting the use of EPT because of a 2016-2017 statewide increase in gonorrhea Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol and also to control chlamydia, which is the most common reportable sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Who is eligible for EPT?

  • You should use EPT for all of the heterosexual sex partners your patient had in the 60 days prior to their diagnosis of chlamydia or gonorrhea, or the most recent sexual partner if the patient’s last sexual encounter was more than 60 days in the past.
  • EPT is not routinely recommended for men who have sex with men (MSM) because of a high risk for coexisting infections in partners, especially undiagnosed HIV infection and syphilis, which is increasing in MSM in NH.
  • EPT is not recommended for pregnant partners. A healthcare provider should evaluate these individuals for testing and treatment.
  • EPT is not recommended for treatment of gonorrhea infections in the throat.
    Resources for Healthcare Providers, Patients, and Sex Partners of Patients
    The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has created three resources to assist healthcare providers with implementing EPT.

Resources for Healthcare Providers, Patients, and Sex Partners of Patients
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has created three resources to assist healthcare providers with implementing EPT.

Where can I send someone who needs testing and/or treatment for an STD?
For testing services, people are advised to see their health care professional; visit their local community health center; or visit one of the DPHS Partner Agencies Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol who offer STD testing and treatment. In an emergency, go directly to the nearest urgent care center or hospital emergency department.

To Learn More About:

Expedited Partner Therapy

Gonorrhea

Chlamydia

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