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CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.

ARTICLE 4F. EXPEDITED PARTNER THERAPY.

§16-4F-1. Definitions.

As used in this article, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings:

(1) “Department” means the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

(2) “Expedited partner therapy” means prescribing, dispensing, furnishing or otherwise providing prescription antibiotic drugs to the sexual partner or partners of a person clinically diagnosed as infected with a sexually transmitted disease without physical examination of the partner or partners.

(3) “Health care professional” means:

(A) An allopathic physician licensed pursuant to article three, chapter thirty of this code;

(B) An osteopathic physician licensed pursuant to article fourteen, chapter thirty of this code;

(C) A physician assistant licensed pursuant to section four, article three-e, chapter thirty of this code;

(D) An advanced practice registered nurse authorized with prescriptive authority pursuant to section fifteen-a, article seven, chapter thirty of this code; or

(E) A pharmacist licensed pursuant to article five, chapter thirty of this code.

(4) “Sexually transmitted disease” means a disease that may be treated by expedited partner therapy as determined by rule of the department.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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