Kansas City medical students are trying to increase awareness of the
CDC’s recommended therapy that would help in the treatment of STDs.
known as Expedited Partner Therapy – a therapy that Missouri
participates in but faces legal obstacles in Kansas.
gives doctors permission to write prescriptions for a patient with an
STD and their partner, even if their partner has yet to be diagnosed
or will not get treatment. 42 states have legalized this practice.
However, Kansas law said it’s “potentially allowable.”
advocates said Kansas’ ambiguous language makes it confusing to
medical professionals and all of them need additional education about
this form of treatment.
Armstrong, medical student at Kansas City University of Medicine and
Biosciences, said doctors might not be keen on the idea of writing a
prescription to someone they’ve never seen before.
along with medical student Megan McMurray, looked at the increase in
STDs happening nationwide and agreed solutions like the EPT could
help stop the trend and reverse it.
said if you treat one person but not the other, re-infection is just
going to occur.
and Armstrong said every state should allow doctors the right to
treat both partners for an STD. Armstrong said it would make doctors
feel comfortable about using the EPT idea.
student’s work was picked up by the American Osteopathic
Association, which then drafted a resolution that asks that Expedited
Partner Therapy be legalized as noted by the CDC.
The medical students’ article was published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.