Health and Safety
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-11-20
§ 23-11-20. Expedited partner therapy.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a physician licensed under chapter 37 of title 5, a physician assistant licensed under chapter 54 of title 5 or a certified registered nurse practitioner licensed under chapter 34 of title 5 who is authorized to prescribe and dispense prescription drugs, and who diagnoses a sexually transmitted chlamydia or gonorrhea infection in an individual patient, may prescribe prescription drugs to the patient's sexual partner or partners for the treatment of the sexually transmitted chlamydia or gonorrhea infection without an examination of the sexual partner or partners.
(b) Neither a licensed physician, licensed physician assistant or certified registered nurse practitioner who, in good faith, prescribes prescription drugs to a patient's sexual partner or partners for the treatment of a sexually transmitted chlamydia or gonorrhea infection in accordance with this section, nor the group or healthcare facility for which they work, shall be subject to civil or criminal liability and shall not be deemed to have engaged in unprofessional conduct.
History of Section.
P.L. 2010, ch. 166, § 1; P.L. 2010, ch. 175, § 1.