• Expedited Partner Therapy, Addressing Increased STD Infection Rates in Arizona

      Wade, Laura; The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix; Manriquez, Maria (The University of Arizona., 2016-03-25)
      Introduction: Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the two most reported sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Maricopa County.1 Effective treatment of the sex partner(s) of patients diagnosed with these STDs is an important step in preventing repeated infections. Expedited partner therapy (EPT) is the practice of prescribing antibiotics to the sex partner(s) of a patient diagnosed with a STD. EPT is recommended by the CDC in cases of uncomplicated chlamydia or gonorrhea infection.2 On September 26, 2008, Arizona statue was revised to allow for the use of EPT.3 Our study seeks to determine whether the use of EPT results in fewer repeat infections of chlamydia or gonorrhea within six months of initial diagnosis. Methods: We performed a retrospective chart review of 200 female patients diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea between 2010 and 2013. We recorded how partner treatment was addressed, whether or not the patient had a repeat infection within six months, provider specialty and additional demographic information. Data was analyzed using One‐Way ANOVA or Wilcoxon Rank‐Sum for continuous variables and Chi‐Squared or Fisher’s Exact was used for categorical variables. Results: Overall documented percent repeat infection of 14.7% (n=20) out of 136 patients with follow up testing within 6 months. Loss to follow up of 32% (n=64). Percent repeat infection in EPT 0.0% (n=0), partner referral 16.1% (n=9), partner notification 20.9% (n=9) and not documented 16.7% (n=2). When comparing percent repeat infection in EPT (0.0%) to all other treatments combined (14.7%) the difference is statistically significant with p=0.025. Conclusions: The use of EPT results in fewer repeat infections in patients diagnosed with chlamydia. Limitations include loss to follow up and incomplete documentation in the electronic health record. Further investigation into the barriers to EPT is warranted to increase utilization of this strategy for partner treatment.