March 12, 2008
Speaking Tuesday at CDC's 2008 National STD Prevention Conference, the director of the agency's Division of STD Prevention called expedited partner therapy, in which women with curable STDs are given drugs to treat their male partners, a "promising approach."
"In this way, men who may not have a physician, or who may be reluctant to seek health care because they themselves don't have symptoms, can get treated without having to visit a doctor themselves," said Dr. John M. Douglas Jr. The female patients should be retested in about three months, he added, to check for reinfection.
In addition, CDC recommends "routine HIV testing for all individuals, male and female, ages 13 to 64, regardless of perceived risk," Douglas said. "HIV remains an incurable disease, and infection with an [STD] can significantly facilitate HIV transmission and acquisition."