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.

The 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 partners.

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.