Missouri: Bill Includes Partners in STD Care
May 27, 2010
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon reportedly is expected to sign into law a proposal allowing expedited partner therapy (EPT) for certain STDs.
"This is an important public health measure that the Legislature can take to make sure people in the community get appropriate treatment," said co-sponsor Rachel Storch (D-St. Louis).
Rep. Cynthia Davis (R-O'Fallon) opposes EPT. In a newsletter sent to constituents, she likened the proposal to "putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound" and said it "does nothing to actually solve the problem" of sexual promiscuity.
According to CDC, 24 states and Baltimore allow some form of EPT. A 2006 CDC report called the strategy a "useful option" in the control of STDs.
At the same time, EPT does not allow the physician to identify or treat other health issues that may be present or provide counseling on disease prevention, CDC acknowledges. In addition, EPT carries the risk of an allergic reaction to the treatment.
Still, public health advocates are enthusiastic about the legislation. "We believe that this will give us just another terribly important tool to help try to curb the epidemic rates of sexually transmitted infections," said Paula Gianino, CEO of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
05.26.2010; Blythe Bernhard
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