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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Concurrent Resolution 59 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 59

(By Senators Stollings, Laird, Foster, Kirkendoll, Miller, Palumbo, Prezioso, Yost and Boley)

[Originating in the Committee on Health and Human Resources]

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study allowing health care providers to prescribe an antibiotic for the sexual partner or partners of a patient who presents with a sexually transmitted disease without first conducting an examination of the partner or partners.

    Whereas, Sexually transmitted diseases are a serious public health concern in West Virginia; and

    Whereas, The practice of prescribing antibiotics to a patient’s sexual partner without a medical examination is called expedited partner therapy; and

    Whereas, The logic behind expedited partner therapy is that if the partner is not treated simultaneously with the patient that the course of treatment for the patient will have little or no effect; and

    Whereas, Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists support expedited partner therapy as a means to treat and control certain sexually transmitted diseases; and

    Whereas, An assessment of the legal status of expedited partner therapy by the Center for Law and the Public’s Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that three-fourths of states or territories either expressly permit expedited partner therapy or do not expressly prohibit the practice; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study allowing health care providers to prescribe an antibiotic for the sexual partner or partners of a patient who presents with a sexually transmitted disease without first conducting an examination of the partner or partners; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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