Patient Delivered Partner Therapy (PDPT)

Patient Delivered Partner Therapy

PDPT facilitates effective and timely partner treatment, and might be an option for your patient. 

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. 
Click here for information about the Northern Territory
Click here for information for Victoria
Click here for information for 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. 

1. Unemo, M., et al., Sexually transmitted infections: challenges ahead. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 2017. 17(8): p. e235-e279.
2. Althaus C, Turner K, Mercer C, et al. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of traditional and new partner notification technologies for curable sexually transmitted infections: observational study, systematic reviews and mathematical modelling. Health Technol Assess. 2014;18(2):1-100, vii-viii.
3. Trelle S, Shang A, Nartey L, Cassell J, Low N. Improved effectiveness of partner notification for patients with sexually transmitted infections: systematic review. BMJ. 2007;334(7589):354-7.

MoCCA is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (APP1150014) and is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne and our project investigators and partner organisations. Click here for a list of our collaborators.

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