Screening and Treatment

Individuals can receive screenings and treatment of STDs through their county health department, as well as through their private physician. All STDs are treatable and a few are curable. If you are experiencing any symptoms of an STD or suspect that you may have an STD, a trained healthcare provider should check you out immediately.

Screening Recommendations

Screening Recommendations and Considerations   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.

Treatment Recommendations

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 a source of clinical guidance; it is not a comprehensive list of all effective regimens.

Expedited Partner Therapy

As of 2017, it is permissible, by law (Georgia Code: O.C.G.A. § 31-17-7.1), for practitioners to prescribe and dispense prescription drugs for Expedited Partner Therapy in the state of Georgia. EPT is permissible in 43 states and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click here for a map of EPT permissable states.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has issued the following Rules of Expedited Partner Therapy for all practitioners and pharmacists. 

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 partners of a patient through two different methods: in the form of a medication or in the form of a prescription. In accordance with 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. 

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