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What does my partner need to know if I have chlamydia?

In general, treatment for chlamydia is recommended for any partner or partners you have had sexual contact with up to 60 days prior to having symptoms or a diagnosis of chlamydia.

Some clinics and doctors' offices offer what is called expedited partner therapy (EPT). In this case, people with chlamydia are given a prescription or the medication that treats chlamydia to give to his or her partner(s) without the healthcare professional assessing the partner. There are legal and ethical debates about this approach, and it does have some limitations (including loss of screening and counseling opportunities and the potential for adverse reactions to antibiotics). That said, it may be the most effective way to stop the spread of chlamydia, because many infected male partners have no symptoms and are reluctant to seek treatment.

EPT is legal in several U.S. states and cities. For more information on its legal status, consult the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

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