A Historical Note on the Association Between the Legal Status of Expedited Partner Therapy and Physician Practice
From the *Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GASexually transmitted diseases (Impact Factor: 2.84). 05/2013; 40(5):349-51. DOI: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3182853c61
Potential legal liability for practicing expedited partner therapy is a common concern among providers, although it has been uncertain how these concerns translate into clinical practice. This study suggests that providers are more likely to practice expedited partner therapy in more favorable legal environments.
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ABSTRACT: We examined expedited partner therapy for chlamydia and gonorrhea in college and university health centers by institutional and policy characteristics. Expedited partner therapy awareness and use was low (44.1% used), did not differ by institutional characteristics, and differed by policy environment. Our findings suggest missed opportunities for sexually transmitted disease prevention in college and university health centers. Copyright © 2015 by the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association.
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