New regulations to help people with chlamydia
Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs, with more than 1.2 million cases being reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2009 alone. It can be transmitted through oral, anal or vaginal sex and often has no visible symptoms.
In an effort to crack down on the disease and protect sexual health, Massachusetts recently passed legislation that will allow patients to obtain prescription medication to combat the condition without a health professional's approval, according to The Boston Globe.
This could be a major step in the battle against chlamydia in the state, which has lately seen a spike in cases. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health estimates that, from 1999 to 2010, the number of Massachusetts residents with the disease more than doubled – from 8,700 to 21,200, the news source reports.
One of the biggest problems that experts are trying to tackle is stressing that both partners need to be treated, because otherwise they may just pass it back and forth.
"Right now, if you treat someone and cure them, they could literally be reinfected within hours or days from an untreated sexual partner," Kevin Cranston, director of the infectious disease bureau at the state Public Health Department, told the Globe.
Teen sex education has also proven difficult, as experts note that they are far less likely to enter treatment sites and get tested. One of the most interesting steps being taken is supplying the patient with not just a personal prescription, but one for partners, as well.
The CDC states that an effective way to protect against chlamydia and other STDs is to use a condom each time during intercourse. People who buy condoms online can ensure that they have contraceptives for every time they're going to knock boots.