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Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) is the practice of treating sex partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia and/or gonorrhea by providing a prescription or medications to the patient for his/her partner without a clinical examination of the partner.


  • Sex partners should be encouraged to be seen by a clinical provider, but if these individuals are unlikely to seek care in a timely manner, EPT should be prescribed
  • EPT has been shown to reduce reinfection rates and increase partner treatment
  • EPT is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • EPT is permissible in Washington State and is provided cost-free by the Washington State Department of Health in partner packs

Who is eligible?

  • Heterosexual sex partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia and/or gonorrhea exposed within the prior 60 days
  • EPT is not intended for use in men who have sex with men

How do I prescribe EPT?

EPT can be prescribed by calling in or faxing the EPT prescription form to one of the Kitsap County pharmacies listed below.

Participating Kitsap County Pharmacies:

Rite Aid
Bremerton - #5254
4117 Kitsap Way
Fax: 360-479-8571


Rite Aid
Port Orchard - #5260
3282 Bethel Rd SE
Fax: 360-876-9114
Rite Aid
Poulsbo - #5261
19475 7th Ave NE
Fax: 360-697-5979
Rite Aid
Silverdale - #5266
2860 NW Bucklin Hill Rd
Fax: 360-692-5387


Statewide pharmacies providing free EPT medication for sex partners

What medications are used for EPT?

  • Chlamydia: Azithromycin 1 g PO as a single dose
  • Gonorrhea:  Azithromycin 1 g PO as a single dose plus Cefixime 400 mg PO as a single dose

What is in a partner pack?

Each pack contains Azithromycin 1 gm (plus cefixime 400 mg for gonorrhea packets), allergy warning (English and Spanish), condoms, and information on gonorrhea and/or chlamydia.

















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