December 4, 2015 — The Ohio Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill (HB 124) that would boost access to treatment for individuals with certain sexually transmitted infections, the AP/Lorain Morning Journal reports. The bill now heads to Gov. John Kasich (R) (AP/Lorain Morning Journal, 12/9).
Under current state law, physicians are prohibited from prescribing antibiotics without first conducting an exam. Ohio is one of four states that bar physicians from prescribing treatment to the partners of patients with certain STIs without a physical examination.
The measure would create a narrow exemption to the state law. Under the measure, physicians would be allowed to prescribe medication to the sexual partners of patients who have been diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea or trichomoniasis without first examining those individuals.
The rate of reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in Ohio has been above the national average. In most cases, the affected individuals are between ages 15 and 24.
The Ohio Senate passed the bill in October (Women's Health Policy Report, 10/9).