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Impact of expedited partner therapy (EPT) implementation on chlamydia incidence in the USA
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    Impact of Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) Implementation on Chlamydia Incidence in the USA
    • Heather Dawn Silvera, Assistant Lecturer/Family Nurse Practitioner University of the West Indies Mona, School of Nursing

    Impact of Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) Implementation on Chlamydia Incidence in the USA
    Letter to the Editor:
    Assuming that a sexual partner has only one Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) is a dangerous practice and should be discouraged. The Expedient Partner Therapy implementation on Chlamydia is one such assumption. In a study conducted by (Zemouri, Wi, Kiarie, Seuc, Moqasale et.al 2016) they highlighted that Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) case management is one of the top priorities in controlling STIs to break the chain of infection and transmission. They further reiterated that Syndromic case management provides a standardized evidence-based approach using clinical management algorithms, and flowcharts that can be used consistently across providers. Clinicians that treat patients with STIs should be cognizant that Expedited Partner Treatment is inadequate because there is at least a third infected sexual partner other than the partner being treated.
    Another factor that should be considered when administering Expedited Partner Therapy is the possibility, of the partner, manifesting other symptoms of a STI to be treated that has not yet been identified in the patient. It is useful to administer the risk score test which is a 6 point research base quiz to each patient being treated for STI. These questions can only be answered by the patient for it to be considered reliable. Each question has a number of points assigned to potential ans...

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