Last Updated: Mar 25, 2021
On March 24, 2021, legislation to address Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT), the process by which a physician will treat the partner of a patient who has contracted an STD/STI passed the Pa. Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
The Pennsylvania Medical Society supports this bill.
SB 317 provides for the authority to prescribe or personally furnish antibiotics to treat STDs/STIs, without having examined the individual for whom the drug is intended, in accordance with the EPT in the management of STDs guidance document issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under certain conditions.
The CDC recommends EPT be available to clinicians as a useful option for partner treatment to reduce the risk of reinfection and prevent further spread of the infection. EPT is currently permissible in 42 states, with more than 30 states enacting laws to expressly authorize EPT. This includes the surrounding states of Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, and the District of Columbia.