New Law: Treatment Without an Exam for Intimate Partners of Those Infected with Trich

November 12, 2021

New legislation taking effect Jan. 1, 2022, expands current legislation to allow healthcare professionals to treat intimate partners of those infected with the sexually transmitted disease (STD) trichomoniasis without a physical examination.

The Illinois Sexually Transmissible Diseases Control Act will now include Trichomoniasis Vaginalis as a covered STD within the Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) law in Illinois.

Trichomoniasis is a common, yet potentially dangerous infection that increases the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission. For pregnant women, this STD may cause pre-term labor and other complications for the baby. Improving treatment for trichomoniasis reduces these risks.

House Bill 739, Expedited Partner Therapy for Trichomoniasis was signed into law on July 30, 2021.

ISMS supported this legislation.

If you have questions, please contact ISMS Senior Vice President of State Legislative Affairs Erin O’Brien by email.

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