This is also known as Patient Delivered Partner Therapy (PDPT). It is when your doctor gives you either the medication (drug) azithromycin, or a prescription for the medication to give to your sexual partner/s. Then your partner/s takes the medication or the prescription to the pharmacy to get the medication. It’s a way to get sexual partners treated for chlamydia without them having to see a doctor.
People who have chlamydia, especially women, usually have no symptoms, so may have an infection without even knowing. If they don’t get medication to treat it they can pass it back to you or onto other people. Sometimes chlamydia can cause more serious health problems. Click here for more information about chlamydia.
In NSW, PDPT is being offered at some Publicly Funded Sexual Health Clinics and some Family Planning Clinics; call 1800 451 624 to find out where in NSW. If you live outside of NSW check with your doctor. It’s not available everywhere in Australia.
Telling sexual partners that you have an STI can be difficult, but it is the right thing to do. The best way to tell your partners is by being open and honest.
Choose a time to talk with your partner when they can give you their complete attention. Allow plenty of time to explain and discuss the problem. The sooner you tell your partner, the sooner they can get treated.
Choose a place that is quiet, private and safe. You do not want interruptions and you do not want to be overheard.
Focus on the facts and on solving the problem. Avoid blaming or confessions. Give your partners a copy of the info sheets your Doctor provided. You can also find them under Info Sheets above.
• Say: "I tested positive for chlamydia."
• Avoid : "You infected me with chlamydia." or “I’ve given you chlamydia"
• Avoid: "You have chlamydia." People can be exposed to STIs without becoming infected.
• Explain: It is important that they take the medication (azithromycin) straight away and then see a doctor to be tested for other STIs. Many people do not have symptoms. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure, and serious problems can be avoided if they get tested and treated early.
You could say:
“This medication is to treat an STI called chlamydia. You should take it because I was infected and you may be infected too. You should read the info sheets and visit a doctor as soon as possible to get tested for other STIs.”
Your partners may feel embarrassed, ashamed, guilty, angry or scared. These feelings are normal. By offering them treatment, you are showing that you care enough to help.
If you have been given a medication (drug) or a prescription to take to a pharmacy please read the Partner Info Sheet that came with it before taking the medication.
Don’t have a Partner Info Sheet? No problem. Click here for a copy.
For more info on PDPT, or advice around telling your partner, call Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624
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