Body S.T.D. Care for Two

The New York Times
Jan Hoffman
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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.

So far, the C.D.C. has endorsed E.P.T. only for heterosexual partners. Dr. Bolan said E.P.T.s effectiveness has not been studied in men who have sex with men.

But more significant, she said, because gonorrhea and chlamydia infections in these patients could also be associated with syphilis or H.I.V., public health officials prefer to concentrate limited resources on encouraging their partners to receive a comprehensive screening.

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