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Reversing Course, Hawaii Lawmakers Open STD Treatment Option to Gays

April 10, 2013

Hawaii lawmakers have deleted the word "homosexual" from legislation that would have excluded homosexuals from receiving expedited partner therapy for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Expedited partner therapy allows a medical provider to prescribe antibiotics for the partner of a person diagnosed with an STD without an examination.

The original language of Senate Bill 655 opened expedited partner therapy to all Hawaii residents. However, the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee restricted the treatment option to heterosexuals because of a 2006 CDC recommendation that expedited partner therapy be used as a "last resort" for same-sex couples. Current studies are examining the effectiveness of expedited partner therapy for same-sex couples.

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