Legislative Debate Continues on Treating Partners for STDs
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Nebraska lawmakers continued debating a controversial measure that would
allow doctors to prescribe antibiotics to partners of patients
diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea without examining the partner.
Legislature tacked an amendment onto the bill Tuesday that would
require physicians to provide written information about sexually
transmitted diseases to patients, so they could share it with their
The bill's introducer, Sen. Sara Howard of Omaha, says
she is concerned about the high rates of STDs in Douglas County. Howard
says the bill is needed to prevent pregnant mothers from passing
illnesses onto babies. Howard says partners will be less likely to
re-exchange STDs if both are treated.
Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft says she's hesitant to allow partner treatment without a medical exam.