Thousand Oaks Acorn (01.30.2014)
Aids Weekly Plus
The Thousand Oaks Acorn recently reported that a new STD treatment program will target both an individual diagnosed with chlamydia as well as his/her partner. In an effort to ensure partners get treated and not continue to transmit the disease, California’s Ventura County Public Health introduced Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT). This program provides free treatment to people infected with the STD and also antibiotics to give to their partners, without requiring that the partner be examined by a healthcare provider. The confidential program hopes to curb the rapid rise of chlamydia in Ventura County, which has seen doubled rates in the last 10 years. EPT is available at the health department office at 2240 East Gonzales Road, Suite 220, Oxnard. Condoms also are available at no cost. Chlamydia often has no symptoms but can cause serious permanent damage, including infertility. CDC recommends yearly chlamydia testing for all sexually active young adults.