Focus on Public Health Policy

Expedited Partner Therapy for STDs: Legal and Clinical Factors

October 6, 200813 min
Host: Cathleen Margolin, PhD

Guest: Matthew Golden, MD, MPH

Guest: James G. Hodge, Jr., JD, LL.M.

The CDC has suggested that expedited partner therapy for those with certain conditions such as sexually transmitted diseases is recommended. However, the act of providing medications or prescriptions without an exam or established relationship causes legal and professional concerns among physicians. What is the current legal situation for physicians providing expedited partner therapy? Join Dr. Cathleen Margolin as she talks with attorney James Hodge of the Center for Law and the Public’s Health / Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Dr. Matthew Golden, associate professor of medicine at University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Golden is also director of the STD Control Program for Public Health in Seattle and King Counties in Washington.

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