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Adolescents’ Attitudes Toward Expedited Partner Therapy for Sexually Transmitted Infections

Radovic, Ana MD, MSc*; Burstein, Gale R. MD, MPH; Marshal, Michael P. PhD*; Murray, Pamela J. MD, MHP; Miller, Elizabeth MD, PhD*; Sucato, Gina S. MD, MPH*

doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000034
The Real World of STD Prevention

Adolescents (N = 392) attending 2 urban adolescent health clinics in 2010 were surveyed regarding likelihood completing expedited partner therapy (EPT), by bringing a partner exposed to chlamydia a prescription. Eighty-five percent (330/387; 95% confidence interval, 81%–89%), reported acceptance of EPT. Adjusted analyses showed higher education, notification self-efficacy, and romantic partner were associated with EPT acceptance.

Most adolescents including those who were sexually inexperienced reported a high acceptance of using expedited partner therapy to treat sexual partners exposed to chlamydia when presented with a hypothetical scenario.

From the *Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA; †SUNY at Buffalo Department of Pediatrics, Buffalo, NY; and ‡West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV;

Acknowledgments: Adolescent Medicine Clinics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo; Jennifer Hodges, Karen Franklin, Ashley Baskin, and Christine Hall for their assistance in implementing this study; J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS, for use of the sexually transmitted infection notification self-efficacy scale. Everyone who has contributed significantly to this work has been listed.

Conflict of interest/support statement: There are no conflicts of interest for any author. There was no form of payment given to produce this manuscript. This project was supported by a T32 training grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Grant No. T32 HS019486-01 (principal investigator: Kevin Kraemer, MD).

Correspondence: Ana Radovic, MD, MSc, Adolescent Medicine Department, 3420 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. E-mail:

Received for publication May 21, 2013, and accepted August 19, 2013.

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