Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)

COVID-19 Update

The NYC Health Department has released guidance on the use of expedited partner therapy (EPT) during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Resources for Sex Partners

EPT — A Strategy to Treat Sex Partners for Chlamydia

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) for chlamydia trachomatis was signed into law in New York State in January 2009; regulations to accompany the law were adopted in October 2010. EPT allows health care providers to provide patients being treated for chlamydia with medication or a prescription to deliver to his or her sex partner(s) without a prior medical evaluation of those partners.

Electronic Prescribing Mandate Waived for Expedited Partner Therapy

The New York State Department of Health lists expedited partner therapy as an exception to the electronic prescribing mandate. As such, providers can continue to use paper prescriptions for the treatment of sex partner(s) of patients diagnosed with chlamydia trachomatis. Providers can order paper prescriptions from the New York State Department of Health.

EPT Law and Regulations

Provider Guidance and Education

Pharmacist Guidance

Health Education Materials

For Patients

For Partners

EPT Videos for Patients and Partners

Chlamydia Information

Key References

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding EPT, email ept@health.nyc.gov.

If you are a patient/partner and would like to report an adverse reaction after taking azithromycin for EPT, call 311.

If you are a provider and would like to report an allergic reaction related to EPT, call 311 or the provider access line at 866-NYC-DOH1 (866-692-3641).