Mar 13, 2012

After all the bills on women’s health and contraception, Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner is now sponsoring a bill that would mandate men see a sex therapist before getting Viagra. The bill is Senate Bill 307.

Senate Bill 307 protects men by requiring the following prior to receiving a prescription to treatment for erectile dysfunction:

- a signed affadavit from at least one sex partner confirming the man has indeed experienced the symptoms of impotence in the past 90 days

- a psychological screening to ensure the condition is, in fact, medical in nature

- ongoing cardiac stress tests and outpatient counseling about potential side effects

- information from the prescribing physician about risks, complications as well as non-medical options including counseling and celibacy

- copy of medical rationale for treatment filed in patient’s medical record

Rep. Turner went on MSNBC to explain the rationale behind her bill.

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