What is Patient Delivered Partner Therapy (PDPT)?
PDPT is where the diagnosing clinician provides an extra prescription to the index case for the treatment of their partner/s. PDPT has been shown to reduce reinfection in the index case compared with simple patient referral.1,2,3
Who is it suitable for?
PDPT is most suitable for heterosexual patients with anogenital or oropharyngeal chlamydia whose partners are unable or unlikely to seek timely care themselves.
Is there guidance provided?
Guidance for PDPT varies from state to state. An overview of the state based guidance is provided below. You should check with your local specialist sexual health clinic and/or health department if you have any questions, or if you require further information.
Formal guidance for PDPT has been provided for the Northern Territory, Victoria and New South Wales.
No formal guidance for PDPT has been provided for Western Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, or Queensland.
PDPT is not recommended in South Australia due to azithromycin resistant gonorrhoea and Mycoplasma genitalium in this state. You can read the STI policy here.
Where do I go for more information?
The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) Contact Tracing Guidelines have further information about PDPT. You can also check with your local health department or specialist sexual health centre.