(TRENTON) – A measure (A-4493) sponsored by Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex), Herb Conaway (D-Burlington) and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to allow a health care professional to provide expedited partner therapy to sexual partners of patients diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases was signed into law Monday by Governor Phil Murphy.

            The law’s sponsors released the following joint statement:


            “Despite significant medical advancement in the reproductive health field, cases of sexually transmitted diseases remain on the rise. There were 1.59 million reported cases of chlamydia in 2016, the highest number of annual cases ever reported to the Center for Disease Control.

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            “We have to do more to reduce the spread of STDs, starting with expedited partner therapy. This form of treatment allows health care providers to prescribe medication for people diagnosed with STDs to give to their partners, ensuring both parties receive medication without the other getting a clinical examination.

            “It’s incredibly important for people with STDs to be treated as soon as possible for their own health and to prevent the disease from spreading, if possible. With this incredibly important public health measure, sexual partners will receive timely access to critical medications that help them better manage or completely eliminate the disease.”