Call to legalise partner therapy

Chlamydia is Australia’s most common communicable disease and rates have quadrupled over 12 years to 358.9 per 100,000 in 2012, according to an article in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Only a minority of sexual partners of patients with confirmed infection receive treatment, and experts want states to follow the US example and legalise patient-delivered partner therapy (PDPT).

The Northern Territory has changed legislation to enable PDPT for chlamydia, although implementation is pending on the drafting of regulations.

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