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Chief Sponsor: Phil Riesen

Senate Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

             7      Cosponsors:
             8      Sheryl L. Allen
             9      Jim Bird
             10      DeMar Bud Bowman
             11      Rebecca Chavez-Houck
             12      Janice M. Fisher
             13      Lorie D. FowlkeJames R. Gowans
Neil A. Hansen
Lynn N. Hemingway
Neal B. Hendrickson
Brad King
David Litvack
Rosalind J. McGeeRonda Rudd Menlove
Karen W. Morgan
Carol Spackman Moss
Paul Ray
Stephen E. Sandstrom
Jennifer M. Seelig
Mark A. Wheatley              14     
             15      LONG TITLE
             16      General Description:
             17          This bill amends the Communicable Disease and Control Act of the Health Code.
             18      Highlighted Provisions:
             19          This bill:
             20          .    requires the Department of Health and local health departments to provide
             21      information to the public and health care professionals about:
             22              .    the health consequences of untreated sexually transmitted diseases;
             23              .    medical options for treatment of sexually transmitted diseases; and
             24              .    services and medical benefits that are available for treatment of sexually
             25      transmitted diseases.
             26      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             27          This bill appropriates:
             28          .    as an ongoing appropriation subject to future budget constraints, $175,000 from the
             29      General Fund for fiscal year 2008-09 to the Department of Health.
             30      Other Special Clauses:
             31          None

             32      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             33      AMENDS:
             34          26-6-3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1996, Chapter 211
             36      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             37          Section 1. Section 26-6-3 is amended to read:
             38           26-6-3. Authority to investigate and control epidemic infections and
             39      communicable disease.
             40           (1) The department has authority to investigate and control the causes of epidemic
             41      infections and communicable disease, and shall provide for the detection, reporting, prevention,
             42      and control of communicable diseases and epidemic infections or any other health hazard which
             43      may affect the public health.
             44          (2) (a) As part of the requirements of Subsection (1), the department shall distribute to
             45      the public and to health care professionals:
             46          (i) medically accurate information about sexually transmitted diseases that may cause
             47      infertility and sterility if left untreated, including descriptions of:
             48          (A) the probable side effects resulting from an untreated sexually transmitted disease,
             49      including infertility and sterility;
             50          (B) medically accepted treatment for sexually transmitted diseases;
             51          (C) the medical risks commonly associated with the medical treatment of sexually
             52      transmitted diseases; and
             53          (D) suggest screening by a private physician; and
             54          (ii) information about:
             55          (A) public services and agencies available to assist individuals with obtaining treatment
             56      for the sexually transmitted disease;
             57          (B) medical assistance benefits that may be available to the individual with the sexually
             58      transmitted disease; and
             59          (C) abstinence before marriage and fidelity after marriage being the surest prevention of

             60      sexually transmitted disease.
             61          (b) The information required by Subsection (2)(a):
             62          (i) shall be distributed by the department and by local health departments free of charge;
             63          (ii) shall be relevant to the geographic location in which the information is distributed
             64      by:
             65          (A) listing addresses and telephone numbers for public clinics and agencies providing
             66      services in the geographic area in which the information is distributed; and
             67          (B) providing the information in English as well as other languages that may be
             68      appropriate for the geographic area.
             69          (c) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(c)(ii), the department shall develop written
             70      material that includes the information required by this Subsection (2).
             71          (ii) In addition to the written materials required by Subsection (2)(c)(i), the department
             72      may distribute the information required by this Subsection (2) by any other methods the
             73      department determines is appropriate to educate the public, excluding public schools, including
             74      websites, toll free telephone numbers, and the media.
             75          (iii) If the information required by Subsection (2)(b)(ii)(A) is not included in the written
             76      pamphlet developed by the department, the written material must include either a website, or a
             77      24-hour toll free telephone number that the public may use to obtain that information.
             78          Section 2. Appropriation.
             79          As an ongoing appropriation, subject to future budget constraints, there is appropriated
             80      from the General Fund for fiscal year 2008-09, $175,000 to the Department of Health to fund
             81      the education, prevention, and treatment efforts only for chlamydia and gonorrhea as authorized
             82      by Subsection 26-6-3 (2).

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