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.
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.