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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
  • Updated guidance for DOH partner packs  -- 06/19

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?

You can offer and provide partner management via your normal prescription process. EPT is considered best practice to prevent patient reinfection.

  • New STI case report forms will be posted soon.

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

Who is eligible for DOH Partner packs?

  • Partners who are eligible for EPT and are uninsured.

where are doh partner packs available?

NOTICE: Kitsap Public Health District is temporarily pausing distibution of DOH-provided partner packs. Call 360-728-2235 for information.

What is in a partner pack?

Partner packs are available through Kitsap Public Health District.

  • Partner PACK 1: for Chlamydia treatment: Azithromycin 1 gm, allergy warning (English and Spanish), condoms, and information on chlamydia.
  • Partner PACK 2: for Gonorrhea treatment: Azithromycin 1 gm, cefixime 400 mg, allergy warning (English and Spanish), condoms, and information on gonorrhea.

















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