Partner treatment is essential in curing STDs
Individuals who test positive for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) for which there is a cure – such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis – sometimes test positive again even after receiving treatment. Part of this may be due to re-infection by a partner, according to an article in Clinical Advisor.
"The most common response I hear when I ask a patient if her partner was treated goes something like this: 'I told him what I had, and he said he's fine and doesn't need any medication,'" wrote the article's author, Robyn Carlisle, M.S.N., C.N.M., W.H.N.P.
In some cases, a person has been misled about how they contracted the infection, while other times a partner does not have healthcare access.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that states are beginning to legalize expedited partner therapy, a treatment in which an infected individual is given medication upon diagnosis to distribute to their sexual partner.
Individuals who are diagnosed with an STD should be sure to strictly follow their healthcare provider's instructions in order to eliminate an infection and avoid further complications.