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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
PENNSYLVANIA: York Health Officials Pleased with Progress of New Program Fighting Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Mark Walters
February 15, 2013
York Daily Record (02.14.13)

The York City Health Bureau's Expedited Partner Treatment program treats chlamydia and gonorrhea for both city and non-city residents. Officials are pleased with the program’s accelerated response time, according to Linda Otero, disease intervention specialist with the York City Health Bureau. She declares, "You come in, get your treatment, and leave." In January, York City launched the program—managed by existing staff—in response to an increase between 2011 and 2012 of York’s gonorrhea cases, which more than doubled from 140 to 292, and an increase in chlamydia cases, which grew from 527 to 540. So far, the program has provided free antibiotic treatment to approximately 12 people and their partners who have documented sexually transmitted infections. Otero emphasized that patients’ sex partners need to get treatment because of the risk of re-infection. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is providing the funding for the program, which is available to city residents and non-city residents. According to Otero, the program will run for as long as possible.