Expedited Partner Therapy: STD Care For Two

Feb 3, 2015
Health, Safety & Testing
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Recently, while William, 21, was manning the chicken-wing fryer at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Seattle, he pulled aside his sort-of girlfriend, 18, a pizza deliverer there. He had bad news.

He had tested positive for gonorrhea and chlamydia. That meant she was very likely infected.

Loud, insult-fueled cross-accusations ensued. But the conversation did not disintegrate, as might otherwise be expected.

That is because William, who asked to be identified by his middle name to protect his privacy, was able to include some good news. The sort-of girlfriend — his term — would not need to face the hassle and embarrassment of being tested.

Expedited Partner Therapy: STD Care For Two -- Dr. Matthew Golden,  a public health researcher in Seattle, says that giving medicine to a patient and a partner is like giving a vaccine. DAVID RYDER FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

Dr. Matthew Golden, a public health researcher in Seattle, says that giving medicine to a patient and a partner is like giving a vaccine.
DAVID RYDER FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

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