Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) is:
Ø The practice of providing antibiotic therapy to the sex partners of persons diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) without an intervening medical evaluation.
Ø Intended to reduce the likelihood of repeat infection in the index patient, and prevent the further spread of infection.
Ø A valuable option for treating partners who are unlikely or unable to seek medical care.
Ø Not a mandatory practice.
Ø Not intended to replace traditional partner notification and management.
Ø Legally permissible in most states.
In Maryland, EPT for chlamydia or gonorrhea may be prescribed or dispensed by the following health care providers in accordance with their current scopes of practice:
Ø licensed physicians;
Ø authorized physician assistants;
Ø advanced practice registered nurses, and;
Ø certain RNs in Local Health Departments.
For additional guidance, see the EPT in MD fact sheet, EPT statute, and implementation regulations below.
10.06.07 Sexually Transmitted Infections ― Expedited Partner Therapy for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis
Center for Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention
500 N. Calvert Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
General Phone #: 410-767-6690
EPT questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Page last updated 7/17/2020