Opinion: Expedited partner therapy is an effective way to treat sexually transmitted infections. Why aren’t doctors using it?

A CDC-recommended solution for treating sexually transmitted infections has been sitting on the shelf for 16 years. Electronic health records and other barriers prevent doctors from using it. That needs…

As emergency medicine and infectious disease physicians, we often see patients with chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Diagnosing and treating these diseases is generally straightforward. What isn’t straightforward — and is often frustrating and impossible — is treating the person at the other end of the two-way street that makes up an STI.

Treating partners should be easier to do than it is. But it is blocked in large part by the electronic health records used in most health systems and by health insurance policies.

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