KC Medical Students Push For EPT In Kansas

KC Medical Students Push For EPT In Kansas

Two Kansas City med­ical stu­dents are try­ing to increase aware­ness of the CDC’s rec­om­mend­ed ther­a­py that would help in the treat­ment of STDs.

It’s known as Expe­dit­ed Part­ner Ther­a­py – a ther­a­py that Mis­souri par­tic­i­pates in but faces legal obsta­cles in Kansas.

EPT 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.”

EPT advo­cates said Kansas’ ambigu­ous lan­guage makes it con­fus­ing to med­ical pro­fes­sion­als and all of them need addi­tion­al edu­ca­tion about this form of treatment.

Mian­na 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.

Arm­strong, 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.

McMur­ray said if you treat one per­son but not the oth­er, re-infec­tion is just going to occur.

McMur­ray 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.

The 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.


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