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Expedited Partner Therapy

Stopping the Spread of Chlamydia in NYC
Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) for Chlamydia was signed into law in New York State (NYS) in January 2009; regulations to accompany the law were adopted in October 2010. EPT allows health care providers to provide patients being treated for Chlamydia with medication or a prescription to deliver to his or her sex partner(s) without a prior medical evaluation of those partners.

EPT Law and Regulations
Provider Guidance
Pharmacist Guidance

Health Education Materials
For Patients
For Partners
Chlamydia Information

EPT Partner Care Video
      

Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) in NYS and NYC among both men and women. It is spread through having any kind of sex (vaginal, oral or anal) with a person who has Chlamydia. In NYC in 2010, there were over 60,000 Chlamydia cases reported.

EPT is one way providers can help get sex partners treated for Chlamydia. Getting treatment to the sex partners of persons diagnosed with Chlamydia is important because it can prevent Chlamydial re-infection, which increases the risk for infertility, and can help stop the spread of Chlamydia.

► Learn more about chlamydia.

Key References

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding EPT please contact at us at ept@health.nyc.gov.

If you are a patient/partner and would like to report an adverse reaction after taking azithromycin for EPT, please call 311.

If you are a provider and would like to report an allergic reaction related to EPT, please call 311 or the provider access line: 1-866-NYC-DOH1 (1-866-692-3641).

Last Updated: November, 2012