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Sexually transmitted diseases; treatment facilities; administration
Public Health (PBH) CHAPTER 45, ARTICLE 23, TITLE 1
§ 2304. Sexually transmitted diseases; treatment facilities;
administration. 1. It shall be the responsibility of each board of
health of a health district to provide adequate facilities for the
diagnosis and treatment of persons living within its jurisdiction who
are suspected of being infected or are infected with a sexually
transmitted disease.

2. The health officer of said health district shall administer these
facilities directly or through contract and shall promptly examine or
arrange for the examination of persons suspected of being infected with
a sexually transmitted disease, and shall promptly institute treatment
or arrange for the treatment of those found or otherwise known to be
infected with a sexually transmitted disease, provided that any person
may, at his option, be treated at his own expense by a licensed
physician of his choice.

3. The facilities provided by the board of health and the
administration of these facilities by the health officer shall comply
with requirements of the commissioner.

4. Each board of health and local health officer shall ensure that
diagnosis and treatment services are available and, to the greatest
extent practicable, seek third party coverage or indemnification for
such services; provided, however, that no board of health, local health
officer, or other municipal officer or entity shall request or require
that such coverage or indemnification be utilized as a condition of
providing diagnosis or treatment services.

5. The term "health officer" as used in this article shall mean a
county health officer, a city health officer, a town health officer, a
village health officer, the health officer of a consolidated health
district or a state district health officer.