New Law Fights Rate of Sexually Transmitted Infections
COLUMBIA - This new law allows doctors to treat some patients without examining them. Under the Expedited Partner Therapy Law, doctors can treat sex partners of patients diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection without giving the partner a health exam. The president and CEO of Planned Parenthood in the St. Louis region says that allowing an infected patient to take medication to their partner gives twice the protection against infection.
Planned Parenthood spokespeople also say that Expedited Partner Therapy is a useful alternative to a personal examination.
Public health officials currently refer to sexually transmitted diseases as sexually transmitted infections. This is because the word "disease" implies a clear medical problem that comes with signs and symptoms. Most sexually-transmitted infections actually have few signs or symptoms.