|Intro:||Doctors would be allowed to do a two-for-one treatment plan for STD's under a measure heard by the House Health Care Committee Wednesday.|
Wrap: If a patient has chlamydia or gonorrhea - it's likely their partner has the same STD.
The idea to treat both partners if only one is there comes from a Camdenton physician who is the bill sponsor.
Republican Bob Cooper joked the pill form to treat gonorrhea and chlamydia is much like the common cold's Z-PAC.
|Description: "This is the infamous Z-PAC... "Zee-Pack" - in French...that's the French treatment... (Laughter from all sides) ...Excuse me, Representative."|
But there is a serious component...if a partner is too embarrassed to come to the doctor, both could still be treated.
The Department of Health and Senior Services reports Missouri has the sixteenth highest chlamydia rate in the nation.
Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.