CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update NEBRASKA: STD Drug Bill Falls Short
January 26, 2012
Omaha World-Herald (01.25.12) - Thursday, January 26, 2012
Nebraska legislators rejected a bill Wednesday that would have
allowed doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners
to prescribe treatment for the partners of STD patients
without an examination. Expedited partner therapy is legal in
30 states and is endorsed by CDC, but the measure to permit it
in Nebraska fell four votes short of advancing to the second
round of debate. "We're dealing with an epidemic," said Sen.
Amanda McGill (Lincoln). "I encourage you to look at the
reality, even if you may not approve of certain sexual
behaviors." Others, however, raised concerns about providing
antibiotics to individuals who had not been evaluated by a
health professional. "I just don't think we should be passing
medicine on," said Sen. John Harms (Scottsbluff).