The subject of ISMA Resolution 10-68, a rule regarding expedited partner therapy for chlamydia and gonorrhea, has now become part of the Indiana Register, effective Oct. 28.
The rule means a licensed physician in Indiana has the option (but is not required) to provide or dispense medication, according to CDC guidelines, to sex partner(s) of a patient diagnosed with chlamydia and gonorrhea. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) sent notices in October to STD clinics.
Physicians choosing to provide expedited partner therapy must:
- Provide notification to the infected patient that all partners should be evaluated and treated
- Offer written materials to the infected patient for partner(s)
- Dispense medication or prescriptions for partners to the infected patient
- Maintain appropriate documentation as described in the rule
Find the ISDH notice and complete rule here.