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Policy & Politics

Illinois: STD Legislation Falls Short With Senate Panel

March 13, 2008

The state Senate Public Health Committee on Tuesday failed to endorse a measure that aimed to increase the number of STD-infected persons receiving treatment. Upon seeing that his bill would not advance beyond the committee, Sen. David Koehler (D-Peoria) withdrew it.

SB 2150 would have implemented expedited partner therapy in Illinois. EPT involves providing medication to the partner of a patient with a curable STD even though the partner has not been examined by a health care provider. The bill particularly targeted persons with gonorrhea or chlamydia.

"If the provider feels the partner is unable or unlikely to come in for treatment, the provider will either write a prescription or give medications to the patient to give to the partner," John Peller of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago told committee members. Although he called EPT "second-choice treatment," he noted that the single-dose antibiotics used are "extremely safe," and that EPT follows CDC recommendations.

Several lawmakers were unconvinced, however, including Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont). She expressed worries about "a situation where we hand out prescriptions for antibiotics with no real knowledge as to where they're going, how they're going to be used," and she questioned who would be liable in the event of an adverse reaction to the drugs.

Koehler said he plans to bring the bill up again next year.

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Adapted from:
State Journal-Register
03.12.2008; Adriana Colindres

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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