A Historical Note on the Association Between the Legal Status of Expedited Partner Therapy and Physician Practice

Cramer, Ryan JD, MPH*; Hogben, Matthew PhD*; Handsfield, H. Hunter MD

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: May 2013 - Volume 40 - Issue 5 - p 349–351
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3182853c61
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Abstract: 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.

Legal liability for practicing expedited partner therapy is a common concern; it is uncertain how this translates into practice. This study suggests that providers more likely practice expedited partner therapy in favorable legal environments.

From the *Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA; and †University of Washington Center for AIDS and STD, Seattle, WA

Supported, in part, by an appointment to the Research Participation Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education through an interagency agreement between the US Department of Energy and CDC.

No conflicts of interest exist.

The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the CDC.

Correspondence: Ryan Cramer, JD, MPH, CDC Mail Stop E-02 Atlanta, GA 30333. E-mail: rcramer@cdc.gov.

Received for publication May 23, 2012, and accepted December 26, 2012.

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