Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET
Category: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
In response to news that STD rates are rising in Illinois, the legislature has passed a bill which would allow for expedited partner therapy (EPT) as a way to counteract the trend.
In EPT, when someone comes in for an STD test, a doctor is allowed to prescribe a dose of treatment for their partner as well, even without ever examining the partner personally.
The technique has been shown to be effective at reducing STD rates in numerous studies, since re-infection by a partner is a common problem and not all patients will respond to efforts to convince their partner to come in for an STD test themselves.
According to the CDC, EPT is permissible in 15 states, with a further 24 where it is not expressly forbidden.
STD testing is considered one of the best ways to prevent further spread of these diseases, with programs such as MTV's GYT campaign focusing on young people, who make up the vast majority of those afflicted. According to GYT, half of all young Americans will get an STD by the age of 25.
Related Articles from Private MD:
News Categories:Advanced Lipid Treatment I Allergy Testing Anemia and RBC disorders Autoimmune Diseases Bariatric Lab Testing Blood and Blood Diseases Breast Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers Celiac Disease Testing Chlamydia Coagulation and blood clotting disorders Colon Diabetes DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing Drug Screening Environmental Toxin Testing Female Specific Tests Gastrointestinal Diseases General Health General Wellness Heart Health and Cholesterol Herpes HIV HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos Hormones and Metabolism Infectious Diseases Infertility Testing-Male Infertitlity Hormone Testing Kidney Diseases Leukemia and WBC disorders Liver Liver Diseases Lyme Disease Male Specific Tests Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis Musculoskeletal Diseases Organ Specific Testing Ovarian Prostate Sexually Transmitted Diseases Thyroid Diseases Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment
Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here
Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.Back to top