Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) Law
Posted May 2011
Dear Colleague Letter: Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) Law
The New York City and New York State Commissioners of Health released a Dear Colleague Letter in March 2011, introducing the practice of Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) for Chlamydia, referencing the EPT law and regulations.
The EPT law aims to facilitate treatment of sex partners to persons infected with Chlamydia. Under NY State Law, healthcare providers may provide or prescribe Chlamydia treatment for sex partners to a Chlamydia-infected patient, without having examined those sex partners, and may prescribe medication to treat partners for Chlamydial infection without patient name, address, or date of birth; NY State pharmacists may fill prescriptions for Chlamydia treatment without that information.
The EPT law and accompanying regulations may be found on the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and NY State Department of Health websites dedicated to EPT:
In New York City: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/std/ept.shtml
In New York State: http://www.nyhealth.gov/diseases/communicable/std/ept/
The websites include the following additional information:
- EPT law
- EPT regulations
- Health Care Provider Guidelines
- FAQ for Pharmacists
- Information for Patients
- Information for Sex Partners
Questions or comments may be addressed to an EPT email account: