Screening and Treatment
Individuals can receive screenings and treatment for STDs through their county health department and their private physician. All STDs are treatable, and a few are curable. If you are experiencing any STD symptoms or suspect that you may have an STD, you should immediately seek care from a trained healthcare provider.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening in adults and adolescents ages 15-65. The 2015 Guidelines are the most current version of this document. The evidence-based recommendations and considerations can be used by Physicians and other health-care providers to assist in the prevention of STDs.
Recommendations for Providing Quality STD Clinical Services In addition to the 2015 guidelines, the CDC has issued Recommendations for Providing Quality STD Clinical Services (STD QCS), designed to go hand-in-hand with the STD Treatment Guidelines. It highlights the services healthcare settings can offer to provide the highest-quality STD care to their patients.
2015 Guidelines for Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed these guidelines to assist physicians and other health-care providers in preventing and treating STDs.
Guidelines for Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Wall Chart)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed these guidelines to assist physicians and other health-care providers in preventing and treating STDs. This wall chart is intended as clinical guidance; it is not a comprehensive list of all effective regimens.
Expedited Partner Therapy
As of 2017, it is permissible, by law (), for practitioners to prescribe and dispense prescription drugs for Expedited Partner Therapy in the state of Georgia. EPT is permissible in 43 states and is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). for a map of EPT permissible states.
The Georgia Department of Public Health has issued the followingfor all practitioners and pharmacists and .
Expedited partner therapy (EPT) is the clinical practice of treating sex partners of patients diagnosed with a treatable STD without the healthcare provider first examining the partner. EPT can be delivered to a patient's partners through two different methods: in the form of a medication or the form of a prescription. Under O.C.G.A. § 31-17-7.1 and DPH rules and regulations, any pharmacist licensed within the state of Georgia is permitted to dispenses antibiotic drugs for EPT. While evaluating the partner and providing other needed health services would be ideal, it is often not feasible. The (CDC) has concluded that EPT is effective, safe, and acceptable to patients and partners.
Page last updated 01/03/2019