Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)

EPT is the clinical practice of treating the sex partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea. Healthcare providers can give the patient prescriptions or medications to take to their partner(s) without examining the partner(s). 

The Maine EPT Implementation Rules for treatment guidelines are not current with the updated U.S. CDC treatment guidelines. Updated Maine EPT treatment guidance coming soon. Until then, U.S. CDC treatment guidelines should be referenced and followed. Go to the U.S. CDC website for more information or call 1-800-821-5821 for an EPT specific consult.

As required by law, health care professionals must provide patients infected with chlamydia and/or gonorrhea counseling and written materials developed by the Maine CDC HIV, STD, & Viral Hepatitis Program for their partners who will receive EPT either as a prescription to be filled or medication to be taken. The following materials are intended to assist health care professionals in counseling and providing EPT to their patients and their partners.