Bill Would Let Doctors Prescribe Medicine To Partners Of STD Patients

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a measure that would let doctors provide prescription antibiotics to sexual partners of patients who are diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea.

Lawmakers voted 37-9 to allow doctors to provide medicine to treat some sexually transmitted diseases without giving a medical examination to the patient's partner. The doctor must prescribe the medicine to a named person.

Sen. Sara Howard of Omaha, the bill's sponsor, says this kind of treatment is only for people who are unable or unwilling to visit the doctor. She says she introduced the bill to help reduce high rates of sexually transmitted diseases in her district and in the state.

Partner treatment for sexually transmitted diseases is allowed in 32 states.

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