HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are debating a bill that would allow health professionals to treat the sex partners of people with chlamydia or gonorrhea without first examining them.
Lawmakers in the House judiciary and consumer protection committees plan to vote Wednesday on the proposal, which has already passed the Senate.
Several health care organizations support the bill and say that Hawaii has relatively high chlamydia infection rates.
The Hawaii Association for Justice opposes the bill and says it goes too far in shielding health professionals from liability.
The bill limits treatment to heterosexual partners based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency has recommended the practice, called expedited partner therapy, since 2006. According to the agency, 32 states already have similar laws in place.
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