This public health bill allows physicians to treat the partner of a patient diagnosed with Chlamydia or gonorrhea without an existing physician/patient relationship in order to help curb the growing rate of sexually transmitted infections. The antibiotics would be dispensed in pill form. Missouri is the 18th state to enact such a law.
Last year, Planned Parenthood Affiliates in Missouri provided more than 86,000 sexually transmitted infection tests to women and men.
“With this new standard of care, we hope that more patients will take the crucial steps to treat themselves and their partners to prevent the spread of these infections,” says Paula Gianino, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.
The HPV language in the bill requires MO-DHSS to produce a brochure about the connection between HPV and cervical cancer and informing parents there is a vaccine that can protect against it. The brochure is to be made available on the DHSS website and school districts can decide if they want to avail themselves of it and distribute it directly to parents; it may not be sent home with the student.
“Informing parents about this common sense, groundbreaking step forward in the fight against cancer will give future generations the promise of health, safety, and peace of mind,” said Tonia Stubblefield President and CEO of Tri-Rivers Planned Parenthood.
“We know that we will be able to save even more lives, and are glad our elected officials recognize this as an important public health issue,” said Peter Brownlie, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.
Planned Parenthood offers the HPV vaccine to females ages 9 – 26 at all Missouri health centers. Planned Parenthood health centers in the St. Louis and Southwest Missouri areas also offer the HPV vaccine to males ages 9-26.
Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri serve more than 81,000 women, men and teens annually with education, family planning, and disease testing and prevention services.