The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) Communicable Disease Unit (CDU) participates in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 340B Drug Pricing Program. This program enables covered entities to purchase medications and testing supplies at a reduced rate stretching scarce Federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients, and providing more comprehensive services. This program is only available to public health nursing offices in Wyoming.
Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)
Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT): the practice of treating the sex partners of persons with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) without an intervening personal assessment by a health care provider.
Patient-delivered Partner Therapy (PDPT): the practice of clinicians providing their patients with drugs intended for the partners, prescribe extra doses of medication in the index patients’ name, or write prescriptions in the partners’ names.
EPT is a useful option to facilitate partner management among heterosexual men and women with chlamydial infection or gonorrhea. The CDC has made the following recommendations regarding EPT:
- Gonorrhea and chlamydial infection in women: EPT Can be used to treat partners as an option when other management strategies are impractical or unsuccessful.
- Gonorrhea and chlamydial infection in men: EPT Can be used to treat partners as an option when other management strategies are impractical or unsuccessful.
- Gonorrhea and chlamydial infection in men who have sex with men: EPT should not be considered a routine partner management strategy, because data are lacking on the efficacy in this population.