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MA Regulations Aim to Reduce Incidence of Chlamydia

The Massachusetts Public Health Department approved new regulations that will allow the sexual partners of those being treated for chlamydia to obtain antibiotics without seeing a doctor. The new regulations aim to dramatically cut down on the spread of the disease in the state.

Kevin Cranston, director of the infectious disease bureau at the Massachusetts Public Health Department, stated, “Right now, if you treat someone and cure them, they could literally be reinfected within hours or days from an untreated sexual partner.”

According to the Boston Globe, since 1999, chlamydia cases have doubled in the state, going from approximately 8,700 cases in 1999 to over 21,200 in 2010.

Sources:

Boston Globe 8/11/11; National Partnership for Women and Families 8/12/11

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