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Michigan Health Organizations Unite for Expedited Partner Therapy

STD Treatment Method Reduces Health Care Costs 

Lansing, MI. (May 14)—Prominent Michigan health organizations will host a press conference on Thursday, May 16 at 10:15 a.m. on the STD treatment practice known as Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT). EPT is the practice of treating the sex partners of persons with the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) chlamydia and gonorrhea without an intervening medical evaluation. 

Representative George T. Darany, Minority Vice Chair, House Health Policy Committee, and Representative Gail Haines, Chair, House Health Policy Committee will begin the press conference at 10:15 a.m. in the Speaker's Library at the Michigan State Capitol.

EPT allows health care professionals to provide patients with antibiotics or prescriptions for their partners without requiring a visit by that partner. Treatment of the partner is critical to preventing reinfection as well as further transmission from untreated partners. While the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of EPT has been proven by the majority of states, however Michigan law does not currently permit the practice. 

"Moving Michigan in the column of states that have EPT will provide Michigan’s physicians with a proven tool to fight these preventable infections. Supporting EPT is a crucial step for Michigan to take," said Representative George T. Darany. 

"With the rise of chlamydia cases in Michigan, we need to find ways to curb the growth of this preventable infection. In states that have implemented the policy, EPT has proven not only to inhibit the increase, but also to decrease the overall number of cases,” said Kenneth Elmassian, DO, President of the Michigan State Medical Society.

Nationally, an estimated $850 million is spent annually treating chlamydia and gonorrhea. EPT can decrease these costs by reducing the spread of infections and reliance on public services to treat STDs.

The Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan State Medical Society, Michigan Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Michigan Pharmacists Association, and the Michigan Association for Local Public Health have all expressed support for the practice of EPT. Nationally, EPT is supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Bar Association, the American Medical Association, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 
 
The press conference is also hosted by the National Coalition of STD Directors, a partnership of public health professionals dedicated to promoting sexual health through the prevention of STDs. 
 
Contacts: 
 
Hannah Green 
National Coalition of STD Directors 
hgreen@ncsddc.org 
202-842-4660 
 
Angela Minicuci 
Michigan Department of Community Health 
minicucia@michigan.gov 
517-373-0860 

Andrew Schepers
Michigan State Medical Society 
aschepers@msms.org 
517-336-7579 
 
Bill Drake 
Office of Rep. George Darany 
bdrake@house.mi.gov 
517-373-0847 

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